A versatile artist, Julia Alvarez has written several books for children, including The Secret Footprints and How Tía Lola Came to
Visit Stay, as well as a novel for young adults, Before We Were Free. Alvarez is best known for her debut novel, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, and her second novel, In the Time of the Butterflies. She also writes essays and poetry. Born in New York City, Alvarez was raised in the Dominican Republic. Her newest book is How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over.
Julia Alvarez's home page (includes Tía Lola's recipe for Dominican rice and beans)