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Her mother came from a well-positioned and wealthy family, but her father was rather poor. The family’s divided economic position was tied to political problems within the Dominican Republic. Her father’s family, which once was wealthy, supported the losing side during the revolution, while her mother’s family benefited from supporting those who gained power. Julia’s family, although poorer than most of their relatives, enjoyed a privileged position in the Dominican Republic. ” Her extended family’s power, influence, American connections, and wealth led to Alvarez’s enjoying many of the luxuries of America, including American food, clothes, and friends.

The satiric thrust, the travel, and the ironies attendant on innocents abroad suggest that Reservation Blues belongs to the tradition of Voltaire’s Candide (1759). 12 / Sherman Alexie Indian Killer Type of work: Novel First published: 1996 Unlike Alexie’s earlier works, Indian Killer is starkly tragic. It begins with injustice, the virtual kidnapping of a newborn Native American baby so that a white couple can have the child they desire. Although at first their love seems enough to guarantee his happiness, in time John Smith comes to feel that he does not belong with them.

Hart, Patricia. Narrative Magic in the Fiction of Isabel Allende. Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1989. Levine, Linda Gould. Isabel Allende. New York: Twayne, 2002. Marketta, Laurila. ” In International Women’s Writing, New Landscapes of Identity, edited by Anne E. Brown and Marjanne E. Gooze. : Greenwood Press, 1995. Rojas, Sonia Riquelme, and Edna Aguirre Rehbein, eds. Critical Approaches to Isabel Allende’s Novels. New York: P. Lang, 1991. Roof, Maria. ” World Literature Today 70, no.

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