Best Hispanic American Literature & Fiction Books
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1. American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author: by Jeanine Cummins
#1 New York Times Bestseller OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICKExtraordinary. Stephen KingThis book is not simply the great American novel; it’s the great novel of las Americas. It’s the great world novel! This is the international story of our times.Masterful. Sandra CisnerosTambin de este lado hay sueos.
On this side, too, there are dreams. Lydia Quixano Prez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.
Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buytwo of them her favorites.Javier is erudite.He is charming.
And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence.
2. The House on Mango Street
Author: by Sandra Cisneros
Published at: Vintage (April 3, 1991)
Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become.
Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
3. Tender Is the Flesh
Author: by Agustina Bazterrica
Scribner (August 4, 2020)
Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humansthough no one calls them that anymore. His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living.
After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the Transition. Now, eating human meatspecial meatis legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing.
Then one day he’s given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he’s aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being.
And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lostand what might still be saved.
4. In The Time Of The Butterflies
Author: by Julia Alvarez
Published at: Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (January 12, 2010)
25th Anniversary Edition “A magnificent treasure for all cultures and all time. St. Petersburg Times It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Lenidas Trujillo’s dictatorship.It doesn’t have to.
Everybody knows of Las Mariposas-the Butterflies. In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters-Minerva, Patria, Mara Teresa, and the survivor, Ded-speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from secret crushes to gunrunning, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule.
Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human costs of political oppression. Julia Alvarez’s new novel, Afterlife, is available now.
5. Of Women and Salt: A Novel
Author: by Gabriela Garcia
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK A sweeping, masterful debut about a daughter’s fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were bornIn present-day Miami, Jeanette is battling addiction.
Daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, she is determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother and makes the snap decision to take in the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE. Carmen, still wrestling with the trauma of displacement, must process her difficult relationship with her own mother while trying to raise a wayward Jeanette.
Steadfast in her quest for understanding, Jeanette travels to Cuba to see her grandmother and reckon with secrets from the past destined to erupt. From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, from Cuba to Mexico, Gabriela Garcia’s Of Women and Salt is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayalspersonal and political, self-inflicted and those done by othersthat have shaped the lives of these extraordinary women.
6. Next Year in Havana
Author: by Chanel Cleeton
Published at: Berkley (February 6, 2018)
A HELLO SUNSHINE x REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICKA beautiful novel that’s full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice. Reese WitherspoonAfter the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identityand unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution…Havana, 1958.
The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrestuntil she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution.
Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.
7. The House of the Spirits: A Novel
Author: by Isabel Allende
Spectacular…An absorbing and distinguished work… The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America. The New York Times Book Review Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson Goodreads Book Club Pick November/December 2020!
The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted storytellers, brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world.
When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future.
8. Infinite Country: A Novel
Author: by Patricia Engel
A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK AND INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A knockout of a novelwe predict [Infinite Country] will be viewed as one of 2021’s best. O, The Oprah Magazine Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 from Esquire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Elle, GMA, New York Post, Ms. Magazine, The Millions, Electric Literature, LitHub, AARP, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Autostraddle, She Reads, Alma, and more.
I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country. Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted.
She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogot, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family in the north.
How this family came to occupy two different countries, two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. We see Talia’s parents, Mauro and Elena, fall in love in a market stall as teenagers against a backdrop of civil war and social unrest.
9. Snow Falling
Author: by Jane Gloriana Villanueva
Published at: Adams Media (November 14, 2017)
Just the thing for a cold winter’s night between episodes. The Washington Post Book World Fans of the show will undoubtedly enjoy the chance to read Jane’s book in real life. Entertainment Weekly It’s been a lifetime (and three seasons) in the making, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva is finally ready to make her much-anticipated literary debut!
Jane the Virgin, the Golden Globe, AFI, and Peabody Awardwinning The CW dramedy, has followed Jane’s telenovela-esque lifefrom her accidental artificial insemination and virgin birth to the infant kidnapping and murderous games of the villainous Sin Rostro to an enthralling who-will-she-choose love triangle.
With these tumultuous events as inspiration, Jane’s breathtaking first novel adapts her story for a truly epic romance that captures the hope and the heartbreak that have made the television drama so beloved. Snow Falling is a sweeping historical romance set in 1902 Miamia time of railroad tycoons, hotel booms, and exciting expansion for the Magic City.
10. The Last Train to Key West
Author: by Chanel Cleeton
Berkley (June 16, 2020)
Instant New York Times bestsellerOne of Bustle’s Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020 The perfect riveting summer read! BookBub In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys. For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation.
But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape. After the Cuban Revolution of 1933 leaves Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position, she agrees to an arranged marriage with a notorious American. Following her wedding in Havana, Mirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon.
While she can’t deny the growing attraction to her new husband, his illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life. Elizabeth Preston’s trip to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles after the Wall Street crash.
11. How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Author: by Julia Alvarez
Algonquin Books of Chapel
“Poignant …Powerful … Beautifully captures the threshold experience of the new immigrant, where the past is not yet a memory.” The New York Times Book Review Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters as they grow up in two cultures.
The Garca sistersCarla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofaand their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean.
In the wondrous but not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways as the girls try find new lives: by straightening their hair and wearing American fashions, and by forgetting their Spanish.
For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. Here they tell their stories about being at homeand not at homein America. Julia Alvarez’s new novel, Afterlife, is available now.
12. Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Author: by Gabriel García Márquez
A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents.
Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it?
The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society-not just a pair of murderersis put on trial.
13. When We Left Cuba
Author: by Chanel Cleeton
Berkley (April 9, 2019)
Instant New York Times bestseller! In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her lifeand heartto take back her country in this exhilarating New York Times bestselling historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.Beautiful.Daring.Deadly.
The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perezher family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro’s inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.
As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own.
When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and futurebut the wrong move could cost Beatriz everythingnot just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart…
14. Bless Me, Ultima
Author: by Rudolfo Anaya
Published at: Warner Books (April 1, 1994)
Please note: There are two versions of this cover. The content is the same. Exquisite prose and wondrous storytelling have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English. Indeed, Anaya’s tales fairly shimmer with the haunting beauty and richness of his culture.
The winner of the Pen Center West Award for Fiction for his unforgettable novel Alburquerque, Anaya is perhaps best loved for his classic bestseller, Bless Me, Ultima… Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico.
She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will probe the family ties that bind and rend him, and he will discover himself in the magical secrets of the pagan past-a mythic legacy as palpable as the Catholicism of Latin America.
And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world… And will nurture the birth of his soul.