The writer Julia Alvarez discusses her latest book A Wedding in Haiti about her trips to Haiti from the Dominican Republic and what she learned about the tense relationship between the two countries on the island of Hispaniola.
More than 400,000 American Latinas turn 15 every year, the majority of them marking the event with a lavish party called a quinceañera. In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez examines the history and significance of this coming-of-age ritual as she follows one Queens girl planning her special day.
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