Angie Cruz is the author of the novels Dominicana, Soledad, and Let It Rain Coffee, a finalist in 2007 for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has published work in the New York Times, VQR, Gulf Coast Literary Journal, and other publications, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. She is founder and editor in chief of Aster(ix), a literary and arts journal, and is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Dominicana is inspired by her mother's story and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020.
A tale from that island called girlhood. Cruz describes this shipwrecked age with giddy accuracy. A season of hope, vulnerability, and disaster. Especially for a girl of color. Gorgeous writing. Gorgeous story - Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango StreetCruz is a writer of such insight, such force. Dominicana is a book that grabs you, that moves both quickly and deeply, as it explores how our very personal desires and destinies are shaped by forces of culture, politics, economics, language, migration. The kind of book I am always longing to read; a sexy book that is also meaningful. I couldn't put it down - Justin Torres, author of We the AnimalsThis gorgeous new novel by Angie Cruz holds an unflinching gaze on one young immigrant woman's life - its hardships, its hopes, and its richly depicted loves. Ana's story is filled with music and reverence for survival, and for joy. An essential read for our times - Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in CubanAngie Cruz, I'm so glad the time has come. What a wonderful, nuanced, and insightful writer - Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother I m Dying and Breath, Eyes, MemoryThis coming-of-age novel with its unforgettable young heroine takes on the pressing questions of the day - immigration, identity, the claim to Americanness - with a deceptively light touch and a whole lot of charm - Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of HattieDominicana is beautiful, engaging, and cuts right to the heart of what it is to be a dutiful young female from a poor country who is bright in every sense of the word, full of love and hope. And who is also made to be the hope of her family - Mary Gaitskill, author of The Mare and VeronicaAngie Cruz is a luminary, and Dominicana feels so right for this moment. The novel is lyrical, moving, and full of the nuance and complexity and richness of being bicultural, bilingual. But what I most admire about Cruz's work is how she captures the texture and tenor of being an immigrant woman, caught between worlds and loyalties - Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the ButterfliesAngie Cruz is the reason I read. She writes with visionary force and in her fiction is enough beauty, wisdom, and, yes, truth-telling, to awaken the soul - Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao