The bestselling author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez, examines the parties and preparations of the quincea–era.
Praise for Once Upon a Quinceanera

“Phenomenal...indispensable. Alvarez’s novelistic eye makes Once Upon a Quinceañera an intimate, intoxicating read.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“A journey into experiencing a vital, exuberant ritual of modern Latino life...As an author, Alvarez is a terrific tour guide.”—The Seattle Times
 
“[Alvarez] brings a critical eye to long-held myths...Each page is a love song to the cultural ties that bind generations of women from a diverse group of countries.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Fascinating, exhaustively researched.”—The Washington Post
 
“Alvarez’s honest grappling with her caught-between-two-cultures experience is compelling.”—Entertainment Weekly