What Is "Liberty" by Julia Alvarez?

"Liberty" is a short story written by Julia Alvarez. It was published in "A Writer's Harvest 2: A Collection of New Fiction" in 1996. "Liberty" relates the story of a young girl who owns a dog named Liberty.

In the narrative, the young girl's dog, Liberty, is a symbolism of freedom that is associated with the family's struggle in their hometown of Dominican Republic and their desire to immigrate to the United States to escape political turmoil. The dog is a present given to the family by Mister Victor, who is an American counsel helping the family move to the U.S. Like "Liberty," Alvarez's writings reflect her personal struggles of growing up in the Dominican Republic and then moving to the U.S. when she was 10 years old.