On The Southern Front: A Written Piece by Julia Alvarez


This is a wondeful article written by Julia Alvarez, author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies.  She speaks whole heartedly about the experience she and her sister had watching their parents move back to the Dominican Republic in their old age.

“AFTER FORTY-TWO YEARS IN THIS COUNTRY, my parents announced that they were returning to their native country to live. Of course, we, their four daughters, understood the verb “to live” as a euphemism. My parents were going back to the Dominican Republic because that’s where they wanted to die. But my sisters and I were all too upset to be thinking of that eventual future…”
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Health Affairs


Health Affairs, 28, no. 4 (2009): 1163-1170

Resource Type:

Journal Article


Julia Alvarez