March 27, 1950
was born in New York City, but her family moved back to the Dominican
Republic shortly after she was born. She lived there until she was
ten. Then, she and her parents had to flee the Dominican Republic
for political reasons. They returned to the United States where Julia
attended boarding schools and eventually, college.
Julia was young she had a lot of trouble passing her English classes.
Still, Julia knew she wanted to be a writer. She once said, "I came
late into the [English] language but I came early into the [writing]
profession. In high school, I fell in love with how words can make
you feel complete in a way that I hadn't felt complete since leaving
the island. Early on, I fell in love with books, which I didn't have
at all growing up." Although Julia considers herself an American,
much of her writing involves Latina and American culture.
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