How Tia Lola Came to Stay

by Julia Alvarez

Tia Lola brings sunshine to Vermont after a sad divorce in Miguel's family. Homesick for New York, angry to have been robbed of his daddy, and feeling quite alone in a light-skinned, blue-eyed world, Miguel and his little sister Juanita learn some valuable lessons from their crazy aunt from the Dominican Republic.  Trying to keep Tia Lola a secret from his new Vermont friends proves more difficult than Miguel thinks, and teaching her English is even harder.   But, Tia Lola's special friendliness and charm gives her a language of her own, "a language of understanding."  She brings healing into a family that is hurting, compassion into a family that feels alone, laughter into a family that is crying, and sharing into a family that seems to have lost touch with its own culture. 

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