In her first book of nonfiction, Julia Alvarez offers two dozen personal essays about the two major (and interlocking) issues of her life growing up with one foot in each of two cultures, and writing. In 1960, when Alvarez was 10 years old, her fathers participation in a failed coup attempt against Rafael Trujillo, the repressive dictator of the Dominican Republic, resulted in the familys self-imposed exile to New York City, where Dr. Alvarez set up a medical practice in the Bronx while his wife and four daughters set about the serious business of assimilation. That uprooting formed the thematic basis for two of Julia Alvarezs novels.
Her fathers revolutionary ties inspired the third, the story of one of Trujillos most infamous atrocities. Something To Declare is about the influences those experiences have had on her work, and about the practical lessons shes learned on her way to becoming the internationally acclaimed writer she now is.