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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents – Plot Overview

The four Garcia sisters, Carla, Sandra, Yolanda and Sofia, enjoyed a fairly sheltered and luxurious childhood in the Dominican Republic. They often received exciting presents from FAO Schwarz in the United States. Carla remembers an iron bank representing Mary ascending to heaven, which she gave to one of the familys maids, who was later dismissed …

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents – The Kiss

Summary The four Garcia daughters traditionally gathered every year for their fathers birthday. They came alone, leaving behind husbands, boyfriends, and work. Their father Carlos would greet them, they would eat cake, and then he would give them envelopes filled with hundreds of dollars in small bills. The daughters always wondered why he does not …

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents – The Four Girls

Summary Sofia was now twenty-six and Carla would be thirty-one next month, but Laura still insisted on calling all of the sisters “the four girls.” She always felt that she had to apologize to strangers and their father that there were no boys in the family. Carlos always said, “Bulls sire good cows.” The mother …

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents – The Rudy Elmenhurst Story

Summary Yolanda tells the story, in the first person, of how for a few years she was the wildest one of her sisters. In high school she was vivacious, and had a lot of callers, though no serious relationships. In college, however, she could not keep the callers interested for long, since she refused to …

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents – Daughter of Invention

Summary After arriving in the United States, Laura would take the girls window- shopping in department stores and try to invent things. At night she would lie in bed and sketch out household inventions and strange contraptions, like a childs double-compartment drinking glass with a straw. She thought it was a problem that her daughters …

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