The Cemetery of Untold Stories

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Algonquin Books
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5.91 X 9.06 X 0.87 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer in residence at Middlebury College. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library's program "The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez." In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling.
"Julia Alvarez delivers yet another glorious novel, this time about a very unique kind of love--the love of storytelling. Scheherazade-like, Alvarez keeps us hooked with surprising plot twists and revelations, and characters so captivating that we want to get lost in the corridors of their tales. Simply stated, this book is magical."
--Rigoberto González, director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, Rutgers University, and author of To the Boy Who Was Night: Poems Selected and New
"Uplifting... Throughout, Alvarez seamlessly melds magical realism with heartfelt character portraits. This brims with the intoxicating power of storytelling."--Publishers Weekly
"The Cemetery of Untold Stories asks us to consider if our tales will last forever or if they might one day be forever lost. Yet there is nothing to fear or lament in this reality--not when we are soothed by the balm of Alvarez's tender wit and her large-hearted candor. What a blessing to have one of our finest writers assure us that indeed 'we are in this story together."
--Manuel Muñoz, author of The Consequences
"Julia Alvarez's thought-provoking and powerful The Cemetery of Untold Stories is a balancing act of the everyday and the magical, a blend of history and cuento. Through imperfect characters longing for love and fighting against el olvido, we are reminded that each of us is capable of terrible cruelty or incredible compassion, and that stories have the power to bring us together."
--Jaquira Díaz, author of Ordinary Girls
"What a love letter not only to storytelling, but also to the tender, urgent, funny, heartbreaking reasons we tell stories in the first place. This cemetery is a fertile field of rebirth, reawakening, and joy. Every page overflows with delight and wisdom."
--Stacey D'Erasmo, author of The Complicities
"Mystifying, compelling, and often wryly funny... Julia Alvarez delivers a lyrical, thought-provoking meditation on truth, complicated family narratives, and the question of whose stories get told."--Shelf Awareness
"In this imaginative new novel from critically acclaimed literary icon Julia Alvarez, untold stories are buried in a graveyard and laid to rest ... until the characters decide to revolt."
"Julia Alvarez's The Cemetery of Untold Stories is a really innovative and unique tale about a writer who literally tries to bury her draft manuscripts but fails to stop them coming to life."
"This new novel from the legendary author of In the Time of Butterflies is about a writer who decides to literally bury all her unfinished stories in a plot of inherited land. But the words still speak to her, even from beyond their grave."​--Book Riot
Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by the New York Times, Washington Post,, Goodreads, Literary Hub, BookPage,, and Zibby Mag!
"A rich and moving saga of Dominican history emerges, embodied in the lives of irresistible characters... Her gifts for glowing prose and powerful narrative are still strong. Buried stories find their way to the light in this finely crafted novel."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Alvarez brings the magic again in this nesting box of a novel. These tales... are linked in surprising ways, most especially in a humanity that transcends pathos and passion. May Alvarez continue to excavate stories for many years to come!"--Booklist (starred review)
"A powerful and lyrical allegory about an older artist haunted by her own creativity. Alvarez has a wonderful way of being both lyrical and precisely concrete at the same time. Magical and multifaceted, this meditation on creativity, culture and aging is a triumph."--BookPage (Starred Review)
"A captivating premise."

"Julia Alvarez enchants with a supernatural story... . [Her] seventh novel, The Cemetery of Untold Stories, beautifully illuminates the experience of an artist's twilight years. ...simply genius. Her writing is infused with lyricism and metaphor, but it's also engrossing and accessible." --BookPage