Cristina Henríquez



“Vivid…. Striking…. A ringing paean … to the love between man and wife, parent and child, outsider and newcomer, pilgrims and promised land.”

– Washington Post

“A triumph of storytelling.”

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

“Gripping, memorable…. A novel that can both make you think and break your heart.”

– San Francisco Chronicle

“A remarkable novel that every American should read.”

– Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Distinctively compassionate and original…. Extraordinary.”

– Heidi Julavits, author of The Vanishers


March 26, 2016

The Book of Unknown Americans is out in Italy from publisher NN Editore.

February 26, 2016

The Book of Unknown Americans is on this list of 43 Books That Actually Changed People’s Lives.

September 8, 2015

The Book of Unknown Americans is a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

March 1, 2015

The Book of Unknown Americans is Target’s Club Pick for March, featuring an edition with exclusive material.

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Recent Press

January 20, 2015 

Paul A. Reyes from NBC News talks to Cristina about The Book of Unknown Americans.

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.”


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