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Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA
Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez 0452288304 9780452288300
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Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez

A ?henomenal, indispensable?(USA Today) exploration of the Latina ?weet fifteen?celebration, by the bestselling author of How the Garca Girls Lost Their Accents The quinceaera, a celebration of a Latina girl? fifteenth birthday, has become a uniquely American trend. This lavish party with ball gowns, multi-tiered cakes, limousines, and extravagant meals is often as costly as a prom or a wedding. But many Latina girls feel entitled to this rite of passage, marking a girl? entrance into womanhood, and expect no expense to be spared, even in working-class families. Acclaimed author Julia Alvarez explores the history and cultural significance of the ?uince?in the United States, and the consequences of treating teens like princesses. Through her observations of a quince in Queens, interviews with other quince girls, and the memories of her own experience as a young immigrant, Alvarez presents a thoughtful and entertaining portrait of a rapidly growing multicultural phenomenon, and passionately emphasizes the importance of celebrating Latina womanhood.

Author: Julia Alvarez

Language: English

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 275

Publisher: Plume

Publication Date: 2008-07-29

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ISBN: 0452288304


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