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Casita Maria Book Club: Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and One Book One Bronx invite our neighbors to come together and (re)spark a love of reading. Our vibrant community-focused book clubs will build a love of books.

by Angie Cruz
Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up within the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes. It doesn’t matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between them. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to eventually immigrate. So on New Year’s Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows and becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable, Ana hatches a reckless plan to escape. But at the bus terminal, she is stopped by Cesar, Juan’s free-spirited younger brother, who convinces her to stay.

April 7: pages 1-67
April 14: Pages 68-121
April 21: pages 122-189
April 28: pages 190-251 (Angie Cruz will join the conversation)
May 5: pages 252-end

In bright, musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City, Angie Cruz's Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world.
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