A Review of Taína: Una novela



Taina: Una Novela makes strong statements about how social justice, individual determination, education, and compassion can overcome urban poverty.  The main character, Julio is a half Ecuadorian/half Puerto Rican teenager who was born and raised in East Harlem.  He has good grades and aspires to get into Princeton University. Julio gets the support he needs for his future from his parents and a couple of good teachers from his school.  Clearly, Quiñonez makes an important statement as an educator on the things that are needed to deal with issues of urban poverty. Julio ends up believing Taina, a girl marginalized by the whole neighborhood, has an immaculate pregnancy.  Taina and her mother are poor, and Julio does criminal acts to support her and her mother.  Quiñonez explores the effects of marginalization on mental health, as Taina and her mother become crude, hostile people in their isolation from society.


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Author Biography

Justin Gaffney Samuels, Universidad de Málaga

Justin Gaffeny Samuels is a PhD candidate in Translations, Literature and Linguistics (2020-2023) at the University of Málaga (Spain). He holds a Master of Arts in English Education at Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Arts in History; Minor in Latin American Studies at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). He is also a member of the WGAe, screenwriter.  He wrote wine documentary Wine Tasting


Quiñonez, Ernesto. Taína: Una novela. Vintage Books, 2019.




How to Cite

Gaffney Samuels, J. (2021). A Review of Taína: Una novela. The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies, 28, 145–150. Retrieved from https://revistaselectronicas.ujaen.es/index.php/grove/article/view/6606