Before being free


Before being free (Spanish Edition) Paperback

by Julia Alvarez

Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But when she turned twelve years old in 1960, most of her relatives had emigrated to the United States, her uncle Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the secret government police terrorize her remaining family because of her alleged opposition to the Trujillo dictatorship.

Using the strength and courage of her family, Anita must conquer her fears and fly to freedom, leaving behind everything she had ever known.

From renowned author Julia Alvarez comes an unforgettable story about adolescence, perseverance and a girl's struggle for her freedom.

Read: Before Being Free

Julia Alvarez is the award-winning author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. Her highly acclaimed books for young readers include Secret Footprints, A Thank You Gift, Aunt Lola's series, In Search of Miracles, and Returning to Sender. Alvarez has received several awards for her works, including the Pura Belpré Award and the Americas Award for her children's books, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. In 2013 she was awarded the United States National Medal of Arts by President Obama. She is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and, together with her husband Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, a literary center and sustainable coffee farm in the Dominican Republic.

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