;??/ by Julia Alvarez emews^L honest in her writing but often dishonest in life. Algonquin, 309 pp., 1997, $18.95 Julia Alvarez' first two novels, Unfortunately, Alvarez does not sustain this multidimensional characterization of Yo. Yo's encounters How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Ac- with her domestically abused land- cents and In the Time of the Butterflies, explore with pathos and humor the political plight of two Dominican families, the Garcías and the Mira- lady and an illiterate Dominican farmer are resolved too neatly; her ability to help them turn their lives character for a woman whose completely around seems out of own life is constantly in chaos. Such bals. ¡Yol is a less politically charged continuation of the Garcia saga, but the Garcías do find a spy of sorts in their midst: Yolanda García, more fa- easy resolutions are also a somewhat contrived means of presenting Yo as a sympathetic character. Yet what makes Yo so engaging for the majority of the novel is that she isn't saintly; her artistic gift doesn't miliarly known as "Yo." Yo is a writer who uses her own family as fictional fodder. This, of course, causes the Garcías much distress and confusion;
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1997
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