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Erzulie’s SkirtErzulie’s Skirt
by Ana-Maurine Lara
RedBone Press.  242 pages, $15.

 

SET IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, beginning some time after the dictator Trujillo came to power in1930, this book tells the story of two women, their separate childhoods, and their lives together both in the country and in the city of Santa Domingo.

The first girl, Miriam, is the daughter of Haitian parents. Although she was born in the Dominican Republic, she looks Haitian (darker skinned) and thus carries the burden of her ancestry.

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