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Reseña de la Semana por Ernesto Martínez

High Spirits

EE.UU./Dominican Republic,
© 2022.

It’s time to review a (wonderful) youth fiction book. This is the debut novel by Afro-Dominican author Camille Gomera-Tavarez, a brilliant graphic designer based in New Jersey.

In the style of the narrative of “The Brief and Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao” by the author of the same nationality, Junot Díaz, Camille tells describes short stories about the Belén family, from the fictional city of Hidalpa in the Dominican Republic.

The stories describe the reality of the families on the island, as well as that of their descendants established in the United States, in the Washington Heights area. It is quite interesting to observe how both groups share family ties, but the cultural shock prevents them from fitting in with each other fully.

For better or worse, this cultural barrier is the breeding ground for fun adventures between its protagonists. I loved learning more about the Dominican culture through this reading! As a big plus, the packaging (cover, interior design, and binding) is a work of art. You will love it!

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