In the Name of Salome.
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 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 of upheaveal. How Camila comes to this crossroad is the crux of Alvarez' most ambitious novel to date. Using the history of the Dominican Republic 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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|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||May 1, 2001|
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