Ordinary Girls (Hardcover)

By Jaquira Díaz

Algonquin Books, 9781616209131, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

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Description

“A powerful memoir, heart-wrenching, inspiring, thoroughly engrossing, reminiscent of Mary Karr’s The Liar’s Club, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and more recently Tara Westover’s Educated. Through one family’s story, we learn about challenges of poverty, migration, uprootedness, addiction, sexism, racism but also about the triumphant, spirited storyteller who survives to tell the tale.”
—Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies

Acclaimed essayist Jaquira Díaz writes an unflinching account of growing up in the '80s in Puerto Rico and Miami as a queer, biracial girl searching for home as her family splits apart and her mother struggles with mental illness and addiction. As Díaz tells the story of her own struggles with depression and drug abuse and her experiences of violence woven in with Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page vibrates with music and lyricism. Ordinary Girls is a fiercely passionate, groundbreaking memoir about girlhood in a dangerous world, about how we’re not defined by the worst things we’ve ever done, and about surviving, even as we’re losing the people we love. 


About the Author

Jaquira Díaz’s work has been included in The Best American Essays, and she is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Kenyon Review, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is a visiting assistant professor in the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work appears in Rolling Stone, the Guardian, the FaderT: The New York Times Style Magazine, and other publications. 

 


Praise For Ordinary Girls

“A powerful memoir, heart-wrenching, inspiring, thoroughly engrossing, reminiscent of Mary Karr’s The Liar’s Club, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and more recently Tara Westover’s Educated. Through one family’s story, we learn about challenges of poverty, migration, uprootedness, addiction, sexism, racismbut also about the triumphant, spirited storyteller who survives to tell the tale. Jaquira Díaz is our contemporary Scheherazade, telling stories to keep herself alive and whole, and us her readers mesmerized and wanting more. And we get it: there is more life packed on each page of Ordinary Girls than some lives hold in a lifetime.”
—Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies