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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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User Review  - SqueakyChu - LibraryThing

Yolanda Garcia, also known as Yo, leaves an impression on those who know or meet her. Each person, in turn, describes how Yo has impacted his or her life in such a way that the reader gets to know Yo ... Read full review

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User Review  - MelissaMcB - LibraryThing

Each chapter looked at Yolanda from a different character's point of view so you saw her through many different eyes and at different times of her life. I didn't like it nearly as much as How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents which has the same characters, but it was an enjoyable read. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Julia Alvarez teaches at Middlebury College.

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