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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Lesson Plan

Introduction to How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents is a significant work detailing the immigrant (indeed, exile) experience in the U.S., as well as a coming-of-age story in a cross-cultural setting. Although the genre is now well-developed, the novel was among the first to give voice to non-white, immigrant voices in American literature, even more significant because it came from the perspective of a woman writer. The book details the abrupt departure of the wealthy Garcia de la Torres family from the Dominican Republic as a result of the father's involvement in a failed revolutionary plot, and their arrival in New York. The family doesn't know whether or not they will return to the DR, and in the...

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