Cristina Henríquez



“An exquisite and profound novel of love, longing, and the resilience of the human spirit.”

- Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove

“A triumph of storytelling.”

- Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

“Wonderful. If most novels, or at least most good ones, are songs, then this is a choir…. Warm, wise, and unfailingly generous.”

-Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead and The Illumination

“Powerful . . . Henríquez gives us unforgettable characters whose resilience yields a most unexpected kind of beauty.”

- Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

“Distinctively compassionate and original…. Extraordinary.”

- Heidi Julavits, author of The Vanishers

“Unforgettable: an important story about family, community and identity, told with elegance and compassion.”

- Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins


September 1, 2014

The Book of Unknown Americans is a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection.

…The Book of Unknown Americans is one of 9 new books that would make a great movie.

July 10, 2014

The Book of Unknown Americans is the Book of the Week at the O Magazine (Oprah Magazine) website.

June 25, 2014

Amazon chooses The Book of Unknown Americans as their #1 pick for the best fiction title of 2014 (so far).

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July 13, 2014 

A nice review in USA Today. “[T]hrough Henríquez’s unadorned prose, these immigrants’ struggles ring clear, their voices rising above that din of political debate.”


July 10, 2014 

The Book of Unknown Americans gets a great review from Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times.

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