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This is a fun read, in large part because of the format Each chapter is told by a different character, revolving around one Yolanda Garcia Yo for short , a writer whom we get to know in a delightful variety of ways from her sister, her college professor, one of her several husbands, the caretaker of her cousin s estate in the Dominican Republic, even her creepy stalker The stories jump around in place and time some take place in the U.S., some in the D.R and feature characters from many This is a fun read, in large part because of the format Each chapter is told by a different character, revolving around one Yolanda Garcia Yo for short , a writer whom we get to know in a delightful variety of ways from her sister, her college professor, one of her several husbands, the caretaker of her cousin s estate in the Dominican Republic, even her creepy stalker The stories jump around in place and time some take place in the U.S., some in the D.R and feature characters from many walks of life, who have a wide variety of opinions about Yo She is a complex, colorful character, and it s fun to see the similarities and differences in the other characters portrayals.Overall, this is a light contemporary read, though there are some forays into darker material such as the family s fleeing the D.R during the Trujillo regime, when Yo and her sisters are children Alvarez seems to have a good understanding of her own limitations, often missing in authors who attempt multiple narrators some stories are told in first person and some in third, but she wisely sticks to the third person for characters likely further from her own experience anddifficult to render credibly in first person a Dominican peasant woman who seeks Yo s assistance in writing an important letter to her daughter, for instance It s a very readable book, and my only real complaint involves the occasionally over the top metaphors the honking of a flight of geese is described as a cross between a human cry and the trumpets of those angels that are going to descend on the last day to sort out of the good and bad souls like laundry I understand the use of figurative language to highlight a character s background, but that s a bit much Leaving Yo in a dangerous place in what seems to be the last story chronologically isn t my favorite choice either Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book and think it would be a good book club pick [[ PDF ]] ⇦ Yo!: A Novel ⇮ Obsessed by human stories, Latina novelist Yolanda Garcia has managed to put herself at the center of many lives Thrice married, she s also managed to remain childless while giving very public birth to her highly autobiographical writing She s famous for it Now her characters want a chance to tell their side of it And tell it they do Everybody who s ever been caught in Yo s web from her sisters to her third husband can hardly wait to talk The stories they tell on celebrated writer Yolanda Garcia known to her intimates as Yo deliver delicious insight into the very nature of artistic creation and the material from which it is builtYois a novel about what happens when an author really does write what she knows At once funny and poignant, intellectual and gossipy, lighthearted and layered in meaning, Yois, above all, the portrait of an artist And with its bright colors, passion, and penchant for controversy, it s a portrait that could come only from the palette of Julia Alvarez The story of one girl s life, each chapter telling a non chronological piece of her life from a different person s perspective Sometimes a family member or another person who knew her well, sometimes someone who simply met her once I found this method of story telling really fascinating How can you really tell a story from one person s perspective and keep bias free You might as well show all sorts of biases, opinions, perspectives, whatever, and that will, perhaps, paint a fuller picture.I The story of one girl s life, each chapter telling a non chronological piece of her life from a different person s perspective Sometimes a family member or another person who knew her well, sometimes someone who simply met her once I found this method of story telling really fascinating How can you really tell a story from one person s perspective and keep bias free You might as well show all sorts of biases, opinions, perspectives, whatever, and that will, perhaps, paint a fuller picture.I loved the writing, and I also loved how Alvarez poked fun at Latin American magic realism tradition by revealing the truth about it it s not a style of writing, it is simply how things are down south Too fun.Definitely worth reading I enjoyed this book for all of its energy and contradicting stories but thought it kinda jumped off the rails in the final fifty pages or so There are so many characters and perspectives that I started to lose track of who was who and then there s some inspired but confusing stream of consciousness chapters at the end that lost me completely It s almost as if she is too good at writing different characters and it holds back some of the potential in a smaller cast One student, in particular, h I enjoyed this book for all of its energy and contradicting stories but thought it kinda jumped off the rails in the final fifty pages or so There are so many characters and perspectives that I started to lose track of who was who and then there s some inspired but confusing stream of consciousness chapters at the end that lost me completely It s almost as if she is too good at writing different characters and it holds back some of the potential in a smaller cast One student, in particular, has ten pages just to offer one somewhat redundant glimpse into Yolanda s character It s well written and insightful, but then he s gone for the rest of the book But man, Alvarez can write Lovely sentences and great characters I m a big fan Looking forward to reading her other books Like I said, I read one Julia Alvarez book and I was hooked Yo is the hilarious tale of a Dominican writer who uses her family as fodder for her first novel As a person of hispanic descent I understand how major the issue of airing ones dirty laudry in public is Yo Yolanda in deciding to use her family s story for her first novel, must not deal with their wrath as they attempt to set the record straight I found myself connecting with all the characters at one point or another and feeling Like I said, I read one Julia Alvarez book and I was hooked Yo is the hilarious tale of a Dominican writer who uses her family as fodder for her first novel As a person of hispanic descent I understand how major the issue of airing ones dirty laudry in public is Yo Yolanda in deciding to use her family s story for her first novel, must not deal with their wrath as they attempt to set the record straight I found myself connecting with all the characters at one point or another and feeling much sympathy and compassion for Yo who asked for it and got it Yo is the skeleton key that opened me up to planet books Even though at seventeen, I got Holden in The Catcher in the Rye his cynical, maddening thought process I truly resonated with big family, and lots of voices in Yo Thanks for opening the door. Not as good as in the time of butterflies, but a nice continuation about yo and the garcias light and easy read, interesting second to last story about the stalker didn t see that one coming Yolanda Garcia, or Yo, has just released a new book that has triggered a lot of angry reactions in her family Even though Yo claims that it is fiction, each family member can identify themselves in some character of the book They are frustrated, understandably, because their friends and acquaintances keep asking them which character represents them Yo s mother is threatening to sue her while her sisters are refusing to talk to her Yo cannot understand why her family is reacting as such and s Yolanda Garcia, or Yo, has just released a new book that has triggered a lot of angry reactions in her family Even though Yo claims that it is fiction, each family member can identify themselves in some character of the book They are frustrated, understandably, because their friends and acquaintances keep asking them which character represents them Yo s mother is threatening to sue her while her sisters are refusing to talk to her Yo cannot understand why her family is reacting as such and she keeps insisting that her book is fiction Since her family members and sundry other people she knows are unable to do anything but rail at their portrayal in the so called fictional story, they each get a chance to redeem themselves by telling their story, and saying exactly what they think of Yo.This is one of the most unique books I ve ever read I started reading it in Denver, when I missed my flight and was stuck at the airport forthan 12 hours It was a good thing that I had just the perfect read to tide me over Yois divided into 16 chapters, each chapter written from the perspective of a different person not all family members At the outset, it seems strange that a particular person may even be associated with someone vibrant and so full of life as Yo, but the connection soon becomes evident, halfway through that chapter While some of the characters talk all about Yo and their relationship, and how Yo influenced their lives, others talkabout their own lives with Yo making a guest appearance As I kept reading the book and entered the lives of different people, I began to getcurious about how Yo was going to make her appearance in that chapter as a savior or as a person to keep away from.Some of the characters who have their own chapters include close family members such as a sister, a cousin, her mother and her father But in addition, there are other prominent characters such as an ex lover, a maid s daughter, a landlady, a student, and a stalker Not all the narrators know that they might have been caricatured in Yo s book, but they all have things to tell about Yo s life, and writing habits Despite the changing narrator, I never found the flow of the novel to be disruptive it actually works really well for this book.Since all we had was the family s word at the start of the book that Yo fictionally victimized them, we get to form our own judgement through the stories shared by the characters And though we never have Yo making a direct appearance other than in the narratives of other characters, the author still manages to create a rich and vivid person in Yo From a young age, Yo was witty and stubborn She also loved writing stories about the people she knew She had gotten into plenty of trouble for telling tales some of which could have almost gotten her family into danger in war torn Dominican Republic, where she grew up.The book readslike a series of short stories than a complete book Intertwined with each character s reminiscence of their relationship with Yo are snippets of their own life, as if they were caught in the middle of a household chore to sit in front of the interviewer I loved how these little characters came to life and how no one appeared one dimensional The stories are in no particular chronological order Although I wasn t initially sure of how things fell into place time wise, before soon, I had a vague timeline in place It is not until we reach almost two thirds of the book that we really hear one person s experience of reading one of her books Until then, I wasn t sure if Yo was just inspired by the stories in her life or whether there wasto it.I have to admit that I was getting tired halfway through reading so much about one person across 300 pages did wear me down a bit, but I m glad that the focus on Yo s character shifts every few chapters, so that we don t hear the same thing over and over Mostly, I m impressed that you can write 300 pages about anyone in fiction, and without a plot The whole story is set up for the reader to decide what they think of Yo, almost like a court case The reader is the judge and the various characters with their own chapters are the witnesses I loved the whole concept, and taking a stand on whether Yo did the right thing or not was not straightforward by the end of the book, I learned so much about Yo, that I could only form an opinion but not slam the gavel Overall, I truly enjoyed this very different read, and am eager to readof Julia Alvarez s work Another great Julia Alvarez book It s kind of the literary equivalent of a concept album is that even a thing , in that all the stories revolving around Yolanda Garc a are grouped in sections and each designated by some sort of literary concept Part I is all genres, Part II plot elements, Part III abstract ideas Reading the table of contents, it looks a little overwhelming or rigid or silly, but it works out There is not much on any of the other sisters introduced in How the Garc a GirlsAnother great Julia Alvarez book It s kind of the literary equivalent of a concept album is that even a thing , in that all the stories revolving around Yolanda Garc a are grouped in sections and each designated by some sort of literary concept Part I is all genres, Part II plot elements, Part III abstract ideas Reading the table of contents, it looks a little overwhelming or rigid or silly, but it works out There is not much on any of the other sisters introduced in How the Garc a Girls Lost Their Accents, but Alvarez shows many different sides of Yo not all flattering, but all interesting There were two parts that didn t really work for me The student and the character of Yo s ex boyfriend Dexter in The suitor and The wedding guests In both of these instances, Alvarez is adopting the viewpoint of American males, and in The student it feels very clich jock and not in depth like, I could have written that for all I ve observed the sports players on campus , while with Dexter she really lays it on way too thick with the Southerner thing But for the most part I loved the book Loved this book about a writer from the Dominican Republic who faces the dilemma all writers of realistic fiction or family chronicles face how do you deal with the emotions of family members or friends when the stories hit too close to home, because, to be effective, a writer must be brutally honest in delving beneath the surface, often exposing truths that others would prefer to keep hidden In the words of the protagonist, What is the point of shrouding yourself in silence the grave will Loved this book about a writer from the Dominican Republic who faces the dilemma all writers of realistic fiction or family chronicles face how do you deal with the emotions of family members or friends when the stories hit too close to home, because, to be effective, a writer must be brutally honest in delving beneath the surface, often exposing truths that others would prefer to keep hidden In the words of the protagonist, What is the point of shrouding yourself in silence the grave will do that for you for all eternity But then, truth is a subjective matter and Yo does not always see things the way others do This book is told in the voices of various people in Yo s life, all of whom present a different view of this irrepressible woman