¡Yo! , and: A Crime in the Neighborhood , and: Edouard Manet: Rebel in a Frock Coat , and: Love Warps the Mind a Little , and: Inventing Mark Twain: The Lives of Samuel Langhorne Clemens , and: Tropical Classical: Essays from Several Directions , and: The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea , and: Celibates & Other Lovers , and: Into Thin Air , and: Lightning Song , and: The Universal Donor , and: Dickens' Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters: The Rows and Romances of England's Great Victorian Novelists , and: American Pastoral , and: The Bounty , and: Gut Symmetries (review)

¡Yo! , and: A Crime in the Neighborhood , and: Edouard Manet: Rebel in a Frock Coat , and: Love... ;??/ 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; http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

¡Yo! , and: A Crime in the Neighborhood , and: Edouard Manet: Rebel in a Frock Coat , and: Love Warps the Mind a Little , and: Inventing Mark Twain: The Lives of Samuel Langhorne Clemens , and: Tropical Classical: Essays from Several Directions , and: The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea , and: Celibates & Other Lovers , and: Into Thin Air , and: Lightning Song , and: The Universal Donor , and: Dickens' Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters: The Rows and Romances of England's Great Victorian Novelists , and: American Pastoral , and: The Bounty , and: Gut Symmetries (review)

The Missouri Review, Volume 20 (3) – Oct 5, 1997

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;??/ 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;

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