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Award-winning Dominican writer Julia Alvarez has said “a novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart.” Her work frequently deals with family dramas set in politically charged climates. She has published over nineteen books, including the best-selling novels How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In The Time of Butterflies, the memoir A Wedding in Haiti, poetry and books for children. Alvarez was born in New York, but lived in the Dominican Republic until she was 10, when her family fled the dictatorship of Trujillo and relocated permanently in America. Alvarez says, “I am a Dominican, hyphen, American. As a fiction writer, I find that the most exciting things happen in the realm of that hyphen—the place where two worlds collide or blend together.”