Cristina Henríquez to Read on Thursday 26 March 2015


Cristina Henríquez, the author of the acclaimed new novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, will be at West Valley College.

When: Thursday, March 26
Time: 12:30 to 1:30pm

Location: WVC Campus Center, Lower Lounge
Free and open to everyone.
Check out Henríquez’s webpage.

WVC English Department faculty member, Paulette Boudreaux, a novelist herself, will interview Henríquez.

The New York Times calls this novel one of the “100 notable books of 2014,” and for good reason: it is a well-crafted story of the struggles a group of Latinos, some of them undocumented, must face in starting new lives in Delaware, USA. Their stories are not told often, but Henríquez captures the essence of these new immigrants’ fears and hopes, and she brings their stories to vivid life. She reveals the depths of their sorrows and joys–their resilience and staunch belief in working hard to meet their needs, in working hard for the sake of their children, and for the love of their communities. Henríquez story is real; there’s good and there’s bad, there’s happiness and tragedy–just like in life. Fundamentally, this novel is about loving. One review notes: “The strength of the book is in the quiet details that convey this family’s tragedy: the first groceries bought at a gas station, the kitchen cabinets with bedsheets stapled over their fronts in place of doors, the panic of missing a stop on the buss when one doesn’t share a language with the other passengers.” Other reviews laud it and rightly so.


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