After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences? In a novel full of hope, but no easy answers, Julia Alvarez weaves a beautiful and timely story that will stay with readers long after they finish it.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. A novelist, poet, and essayist, she is the author of nineteen books, including "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, ""In the Time of the Butterflies "a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Selection "Yo!, Something to Declare, In the Name of Salome, Saving the""World, A Wedding in Haiti, "and "The Woman I Kept to Myself". Her work has garnered wide recognition, including the 2013 National Medal of Arts, a Latina Leader Award in Literature in 2007 from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the 2000 Woman of the Year by "Latina" magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library s 1996 program The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez. A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.