Julia Alvarez, author of "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent" was the daughter of a political dissident from the Dominican Republic. When the family sought a new life in the U.S. it was more than just a change of address. Writing became the place for her to process a clash of cultures, generations and languages. Here she describes how her experiences informed her as a writer and person. As her mother says, "El papel lo aguanta todo." Paper holds everything.
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