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


March 6, 2014

BookPage names Cristina to their list of 14 Women to Watch in 2014, and says that she’s “poised for a breakthrough” with The Book of Unknown Americans.

January 13, 2014

The Millions lists The Book of Unknown Americans among their most anticipated books for 2014, calling it “a symphonic love story between….immigrants and an impossible America,” and saying that “it rewrites the definition of what it means to be American.”

Time Out Chicago says that The Book of Unknown Americans is one of the books they’re looking forward to reading in 2014.

The LA Times names Cristina one of their “faces to watch” in 2014.

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Recent Press

April 09, 2014 

“On a cold, bewildering night, the Riveras, who have just left their happy lives in Mexico, are dropped off at a dilapidated apartment building [in] Delaware. Alma Rivera worries about their beautiful 15-year-old daughter, Maribel, who has suffered a brain…

April 09, 2014 

“Spectacular . . . highly believable and poignant . . . A well-written story set among ‘unknown Americans,’ ostensibly Hispanic but in many ways any family adjusting to a new culture and way of life, regardless of ethnicity.” —Library Journal

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