My Daughter's Eyes and Other Stories
By Annecy Baez
(Curbstone Books, Paperback, 9781931896382, 205pp.)
Publication Date: July 2007
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My Daughter's Eyes and Other Stories, winner of the 2007 Mármol Prize, is a collection of fourteen interrelated stories about young Dominican women living in the Bronx as they deal with the choices they make in their everyday life. These stories span three decades, beginning in the 1970s, and their topics range from mother-daughter struggles, father-daughter betrayal, family, and child abuse, to emerging sexuality, love, loss, and healing.
Annecy Baez's daring treatment of taboo themes, such as sexual child abuse and the struggle of the individual against restrictive traditional values, makes this book unique in Dominican fiction.
Annecy Baez was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States when she was three years old. She was raised in the Bronx and currently lives in Irvington, New York. She is a poet and fiction writer, and her literary work has appeared in Caudal, a Dominican journal; Tertuliando/Hanging Out, a bilingual anthology; and Callaloo. A psychotherapist by training, she holds a doctoral degree in clinical social work. Currently, she is the director of the Counseling Center at Lehman College and devotes her free time to writing.
There is a depth here that is undeniably moving...A beautiful and tender book." -- Benjamin A. Sáenz