My Daughter's Eyes and Other Stories, winner of the 2007 Mármol Prize, is a collection of fourteen interrelated stories about young Dominican women living in the Bronx as they deal with the choices they make in their everyday life. These stories span three decades, beginning in the 1970s, and their topics range from mother-daughter struggles, father-daughter betrayal, family, and child abuse, to emerging sexuality, love, loss, and healing. Annecy Baez's daring treatment of taboo themes, such as sexual child abuse and the struggle of the individual against restrictive traditional values, makes this book unique in Dominican fiction.
About the Author
Annecy Baez was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States when she was three years old. She was raised in the Bronx. She is a poet and fiction writer, and her literary work has appeared in Caudal, a Dominican journal; Tertuliando/Hanging Out, a bilingual anthology; and Callaloo. A psychotherapist by training, she holds a doctoral degree in clinical social work. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Touro College Graduate School of Social Work and devotes her free time to writing and promoting education in Latinx communities.
"There is a depth here that is undeniably moving . . . A beautiful and tender book."
—Benjamin A. Sáenz
"Báez's sympathetic portrayal of a niche group has flashes of insight."
"The stories within this book are rich in imagery, emotion, and honesty."
—Sara Braswell-Cronin, Counterpoise