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Julia Alvarez grew up in the Dominican Republic before emigrating to the United States at the age of 10. She now lives in Vermont, where she is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Dominican Republic History 1930-1961 Juvenile fiction, Dominican Republic History 1930-1961 Fiction, Family life Dominican Republic Fiction, Revolutions Fiction, Trujillo Molina, Rafael Le‚onidas, 1891-1961 Fiction