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


December 2, 2014

The New York Times names The Book of Unknown Americans one of its 100 Notable Books of 2014.

The Book of Unknown Americans is one of O Magazine’s 15 Must Read Books of the Year.

November 8, 2014

The Book of Unknown Americans has been named one of Amazon’s Top 10 Books of 2014. See the full list here.

November 5, 2014

The Book of Unknown Americans has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fiction of 2014. Vote for it here.

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Recent Press

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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