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Dominicana by Angie Cruz


Angie Cruz

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Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication date: 21 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781529304886

A poignant and nuanced portrait of the sacrifices we make for our families and the difficult balance between responsibility and independence

1 Prize for Dominicana

Women's Prize for Fiction
2020 Shortlist

Martha Lane Fox, chair of the judging panel, said: “We are all living in challenging, sad and complex times so incredible stories provide hope, a moment of escape and a point of connection now more than ever. Choosing the shortlist was tough – we went slowly and carefully and passions ran high – just as you would want in such a process. But we are all so proud of these books – all readers will find solace if they pick one up.”


4 stars out of 5
30 May 2020

"grit and humour in this tale of a child bride moving to New York"

Dominicana is inspired by Cruz’s mother who, as a teenager, emigrated from the Dominican Republic to New York City. The novel offers a gritty insight into the sacrifices people make to get US citizenship and the hard-nosed choices forced on them. Having a baby is framed as an economic wager, “gold in the bank”, because it comes with a blue passport. Still, the harsh reality of immigration is balanced with a refreshing dose of humour — “No sex tonight. What a relief” — and honesty. Ana just wants a new coat with fur around the collar; she wants to flaunt some dollars and dress like a movie star.