a visual novel set in two grocery stories in two different countries

A July in Paradise is a visual novel telling two parallel stories: my time as a teenager working in his father’s grocery store. The other is the story of his father in the Dominican Republic amidst a civil war. The story explores the themes of religion, patriotism and what does it mean to be a citizen.

Reynaldo Vargas


A July Before Paradise is a visual novel that tells the story of my father and myself working at grocery stores during our teenage years. Playing as my father in the 1960s during the Dominican Civil War, you are confronted with tough conversations posed by your customers which shape how you interact with my character in the 2000s.


For my thesis, Episode One out of Six have been completed.