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


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).

May 30, 2014

The Book of Unknown Americans makes the list at the Los Angeles Times Summer Book Preview.

May 28, 2014

The Book of Unknown Americans lands on Vogue’s list of “Summer’s Buzziest Beach Reads.”

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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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