Before We Were Free, Julia Alvarez 
Before We Were Free
Book
Contemporary
Drama
Historical
Literary Fiction
Book
Contemporary
Drama
Historical
Literary Fiction
No rape or sexual assault
Rape or sexual assault mentioned in passing (in discussion and/or implied)
Sexual harassment (e.g. verbal or non-consensual touching/grabbing)
Sexual relationship between adult and teenager
Child sexual abuse
Incest
Attempted rape
Rape strongly implied/details surrounding a rape discussed in detail (i.e. the events before/after)
Detailed/vivid description of rape

Description

This book takes place during the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. In this book, Trujillo is described as having a penchant for "courting" and then raping young women. Adults warn the protagonist, her sister, and other young girls not to be too pretty in public. Still, the protagonist's older sister receives a bouquet of flowers from Trujillo, which prompts her family to organize to help her flee the country. There is a scene towards the end of the book where a shopkeeper frisks the protagonist to see if she stole anything and touches her breasts in the process.

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