Paul A. Reyes from NBC News talks to Cristina about The Book of Unknown Americans.
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.”
The Book of Unknown Americans gets a great review from Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times.
Hear Cristina read an excerpt from her novel on NPR’s Dinner Party Download.
Cristina talks about her novel on KUT radio in Austin.
“‘The Book of Unknown Americans’ is a deeply stirring story about a budding romance between two unlikely lovers, but it is also a ringing paean to love in general: to the love between man and wife, parent and child, outsider and newcomer, pilgrims and promised land. With a simple, unadorned prose that, in the end, rises to the level of poetry, Henríquez achieves the seemingly impossible: Without a trace of sentimentality, without an iota of self-indulgence or dogma, she tells us about coming to America.”
from The Washington Post
“In allowing individual voices to testify about their own lives, Henríquez has found a gripping, memorable way to open up complex topics – discrimination, love and grief in family life, and the experiences of being displaced or feeling at home. In weaving the longer stories of the Riveras and Toros through these testimonies, she fully embodies her complicated, touching characters, so that ‘The Book of Unknown Americans’ becomes a novel that can both make you think and break your heart.”
from the San Francisco Chronicle
A review from Pure Wow. “Part love story, part immigrant manifesto, Henríquez’s novel artfully weaves together narratives often relegated to the outskirts of society. (In punchy interchapters, she adopts the voices of other building residents–men and women who hail from Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Paraguay.) … But her most accomplished task is getting us to care so deeply for her characters. Their triumphs are your triumphs. Their losses break your heart.”
“If you read only one more book about the immigrant experience, make it this one.”
Cristina is interviewed for Bustle.com.