How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

by: Julia Alvarez

Carla

As the oldest daughter, Carla felt most out of place in the United States and had the most trouble fitting in to her new social and cultural environment. She was harassed at school by malicious and prejudiced boys, and felt isolated by her limited English language abilities. Her discomfort with puberty was exacerbated by an encounter with a perverted American exhibitionist in a car. She dealt with these issues later in life by becoming a psychologist and analyzing her family's myriad mental problems.