Ordinary Girls: A Memoir

by D¡az, Jaquira (Author)

ISBN: 9781616209131

There is more life packed on each page of Ordinary Girls than some lives hold in a lifetime. -Julia Alvarez

Ordinary Girls is a fierce, beautiful, and unflinching memoir from a wildly talented debut author. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Jaquira Díaz found herself caught between extremes: as her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was surrounded by the love of her friends; as she longed for a family and home, she found instead a life upended by violence. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico's history of colonialism, every page of Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism. Díaz triumphantly maps a way out of despair toward love and hope to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be.

With a story reminiscent of Tara Westover's Educated, Roxane Gay's Hunger, and Terese Marie Mailhot's Heart Berries, Jaquira Díaz delivers a memoir that reads as electrically as a novel. PGW Fall 2019 Omnibus

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Algonquin Books, October 2019

Product Dimensions: 8 L × 6 W × 0 H

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