Announcing the #DominicanReaders
Welcome to the #Dominicanreaders Book club a space created for us to connect and reflect with books written by Dominican Writers. We will read books that have been both self-published and published by small & big publishing presses, including books in English & Spanish.
Once a month
Membership is FREE but you will need to sign up for the Bookclub so we can send you a membership card.
What do I get by becoming a member?
As a member you’ll be able to enjoy purchasing the books and other Dominican Writers merchandise at a discounted rate.
June Book of the Month: Soledad by Angie Cruz
Book Discussion to take place on:
June 15th, @2:30PM-4:00PM
Word Up Bookstore, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue (Corner of 165th street)
At eighteen, Soledad couldn’t get away fast enough from her contentious family with their endless tragedies and petty fights. Two years later, she’s an art student at Cooper Union with a gallery job and a hip East Village walk-up. But when Ta Gorda calls with the news that Soledad’s mother has lapsed into an emotional coma, she insists that Soledad’s return is the only cure. Fighting the memories of open hydrants, leering men, and slick-skinned teen girls with raunchy mouths and snapping gum, Soledad moves home to West 164th Street. As she tries to tame her cousin Flaca’s raucous behavior and to resist falling for Richie – a soulful, intense man from the neighborhood – she also faces the greatest challenge of her life: confronting the ghosts from her mother’s past and salvaging their damaged relationship. Evocative and wise, Soledad is a wondrous story of culture and chaos, family and integrity, myth and mysticism, from a Latina literary light.
Katori Hall The Boston Globe Tinted with the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Cruz’s first novel is that of man and woman, selective amnesia and persistent memories, redemption and survival.
Dodie Bellamy San Francisco Chronicle A vivid, breathing cityscape teeming with raw beauty, danger, and magic.
Mark Rozzo Los Angeles Times Nobody’s ever really given us such a revealing look at New York’s Dominican population before…Cruz, in this determinedly real yet often magical novel, offers canny insights into family life.