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Geographies of Home Paperback – March 1, 2000
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I think Loida Maritza Perez has drawn a detailed protrait of a family that exhibits many of the characteristics of immigrant (and other) families everywhere. They suffer heartbreaks and challenges, some of them extreme. They shift and reposition their roles relative to other family members. They have moments when love prevails, and moments when they give in to the baser human emotions and human failiings. But above all, Iliana's family is indeed a loving family, and a fascinating one at that.
The struggles they face are very familiar to many of us who are immigrants, and/or who have grown up with particular religious backgrounds. The fact that to some the motivations and actions of what I see as very well-drawn characters are unfamiliar, even strange, is all the more reason why this work is so important. It gives us an opportunity to learn about differences, while at the same time allowing us to glimpse the many similarities that tie all of us together.
I highly recommend Geographies of Home, and urge you to look for both the new and the familiar, because they are both there, evoked in beautiful language that will both haunt and inspire you to seek to over your own trials and tribulations with your families.
Author of AZUCAR! The Story of Sugar (a novel)
AS YOU CAN TELL FROM HER NOVEL NOT ALL DOMINICANS LIVE IN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, ARE RAISED BY SINGLE MOTHERS OR INVOLVED IN DRUG TRAFICKING.
THE PROTAGONIST SHARES THE SPOTLIGHT WITH ALL OTHER IMPORTANT CHARACTERS AND OFTEN FADES INTO THE BACKGROUND ONLY TO REMERGE AND ADD FRESH PERSPECTIVE.
THE NOVEL TOUCHES ON UNIVERSAL TOPICS: WOMEN'S GENDER ROLES, LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, POVERTY. ITS WONDERFUL, ITS REAL THERE ARE NO SUGAR COATED HAPPY ENDINGS. THE NOVEL IS VERY INTERESTING BECAUSE IT USES SURREALISM TO PROJECT A REALITY....... READ THE NOVEL! A VERY REALISTIC , POWERFUL PORTRAYAL OF A HARD LIFE.
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A book I would not have read if not for my book club, interesting, story in a story passed down from generation to generations. beliefs in good and evil. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Carmen Serrano
This is one book that I will not read. It is too gruesome or true to life. The family life depicted is very sad. Read morePublished on March 15, 2009 by David Brockert
Schizophrenia!! Rape!! Child Abuse!! Even magic!! are embedded in the novel Geographies of Home by Loida Maritza Perez. Read morePublished on May 21, 2007 by Ann M. Winn
I spent a whole Sunday in bed reading this book. I was so engaged, I didn't even want to get up to use the bathroom! Through Iliana, Ms. Read morePublished on January 20, 2005 by AzucarNegra14
loida maritza perez has written a fantastic book. All Dominicans should find the time to read this very informative book. Twelve of the characters are real members of her family. Read morePublished on December 1, 2004 by MARTHA IVES
THE FAMILY DESCRIBED IN THIS BOOK IS REAL .LOIDA IS MY AUNT. SHE WROTE ABOUT THE BAD THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO THE FAMILY AND LEFT OUT ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD. Read morePublished on November 3, 2004
This is a beautifully written story about a very messed up family. The prose is fluid and creates very vivid images. Read morePublished on May 21, 2003 by pattyk
What made this story even more haunting for me was the realization that, although some reviewers disagree, people who are already mentally ill can become unglued by one rape, and... Read morePublished on August 17, 2001
At first it was a little hard to get into it, it kind of dragged. But as you get to know the characters you can't put it down. Read morePublished on August 5, 2001 by Karla