How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

by: Julia Alvarez

Sofia

Characters Sofia

Sofia is the youngest daughter and as a result does not have many clear memories of life in the Dominican Republic. She does remember the Haitian maid, Chucha, who performed voodoo spells. When she got older, she had "non-stop boyfriends," ran off with Otto from Germany, and developed a tense and at times openly hostile relationship with her father. After a failed relationship with a Dominican boyfriend, she embraces American attitudes toward sexual relationships. She challenges sexual double standards that she finds to be more pronounced in traditional Dominican culture and claims her sexual independence. She and her father begin to reconcile when she had her children, but at his birthday party she continues to flaunt her sexuality and his powerlessness to control it by kissing his ear in a particularly seductive way.