Reflections on the quinceañera, the Latina coming-of-age celebration.
ONCE UPON A QUINCEAÑERA:
Coming of Age in the USA.
By Julia Alvarez.
Viking. 278 pp. $23.95
Quinceañera, a prize-winner at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, stoked mainstream interest in the Latina coming-of-age celebration that served as the movie’s backdrop. In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez examines this rite of passage more directly and finds it rife with contradictions. The quinceañera—the term refers both to the event and to the girl it celebrates—is frequently...