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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1997 - Fiction - 309 pages
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Turnabout is fair play. Yolanda Garcia's family and friends get their chance to tell the truth about Yo: how she's always had to be center stage; that she's been telling lies since the day she was born; about the year she went into therapy with her best friend and how Yo swore off sex; how her college professor kept trying to keep her from ruining her life and throwing away her talent; how she stole a plot for a short story from one of her students; how she fills the house her third husband built for her with voodoo offerings - "little things he mustn't touch" - well, you get the idea. Everyone, from her sisters to her fame-obsessed stalker, rips into her. In the process, they create endearing self-portraits, while Yo (which also means "I") is herself denied the privilege of speaking in her own defense.

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She does an excellent job of character development. - Goodreads
Alvarez is an engaging writer. - Goodreads
... i love her writing, her style, her honesty. - Goodreads
About Yolanda, a writer. - Goodreads
It is as if she wrote this novel in writing class. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Happyybrown - Goodreads

It is as if she wrote this novel in writing class. And it is a beautiful character study. Yo is flawed, and generous, and loveable, and absolutely incomprehensible all at the same time. She loves her ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kira - Goodreads

Eh. Was given this book to read from a coworker. It's a collection of short stories that all intertwine together around this woman named Yo who has just written a book about all of them. Some of the stories were good, some not so much. Overall, eh. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Julia Alvarez teaches at Middlebury College.

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