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In the Name of Salome.

In the Name of Salome Julia Alvarez

It's 1960, and 65-year-old Camila Urena decides to join the Castro revolution. After early retirement from her career teaching Spanish at Vassar, the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic (dəmĭn`ĭkən), republic (2005 est. pop. 8,950,000), 18,700 sq mi (48,442 sq km), West Indies, on the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola. The capital and largest city is Santo Domingo.  native faces a decision: move to a secure neighborhood in Florida with her best friend, or go to Havana where her brothers live and face a land and family in the midst Adv. 1. in the midst - the middle or central part or point; "in the midst of the forest"; "could he walk out in the midst of his piece?"
 of upheaveal. How Camila comes to this crossroad is the crux Crux (krks) [Lat.,=cross], small but brilliant southern constellation whose four most prominent members form a Latin cross, the famous Southern Cross.  of Alvarez' most ambitious novel to date. Using the history of the Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. Successive waves of Arawak migrants, moving northward from the Orinoco delta, settled the islands of the Caribbean.  and a fictionalized history of the late Dominican poet Salome Urena, Alvarez explores the themes of mothers and daughters, art and politics, traditional faith and the wilder life of the spirit. (Algonquin Books)
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