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The Book of Unknown Americans
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Cristina Henriquez is the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies. She lives in Illinois.

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"Vivid . . . . Striking. . . . A ringing paean to love in general: to the love between man and wife, parent and child, outsider and newcomer, pilgrims and promised land." -The Washington Post

"Powerful. . . . Moving. . . . [Henriquez has] myriad gifts as a writer." -The New York Times

"Passionate, powerful. . . . A triumph of storytelling. Henriquez pulls us into the lives of her characters with such mastery that we hang on to them just as fiercely as they hang on to one another and their dreams." -Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

"Gripping, memorable. . . . A novel that can both make you think and break your heart." -San Francisco Chronicle

"A remarkable novel that every American should read." -Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Unfailingly well written and entertaining. . . . [Henriquez's] stories illuminate the lives behind the current debates about Latino immigration." -The New York Times Book Review

"Lyrical. . . . This is a book about love, about how we seek to help those we love, sometimes with unforeseen and tragic consequences." -The Dallas Morning News

"Powerful. . . Henriquez gives us unforgettable characters . . . whose resilience yields a most profound and unexpected kind of beauty." -Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

"There's an aura of benevolence in these pages. . . . Henriquez's feat is to make the reader feel at home amid these good, likable people." -The Wall Street Journal

"Characters are as vivid as they are resilient. . . . [The] story is told from Alma and Mayor's points of view, but their voices are interlaced with tales of dreams deferred from the other tenants." -Elle

"A lovingly woven portrait of how friendships sustain people, how people support one another, and how people make a home in unlikely places. . . . Henriquez offers up stories we need to hear and lets us sit with her characters in communion and even friendship." -Christian Science Monitor

"Unforgettable: an important story about family, community, and identity, told with elegance and compassion." -Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

"Passionate." -O, the Oprah Magazine

"Henriquez distills the vast sea of immigrant stories into a small apartment building community in Delaware. . . . Through Henriquez's unadorned prose, these immigrants' struggles ring clear, their voices rising above that din of political debate." -USA Today

"An exquisite and profound novel of love, longing, and the resilience of the human spirit. . . . [These characters] leave an indelible mark on the heart." -Gilbert King, author of Devil in the Grove

"Henriquez allows the characters to speak for themselves. . . . The politics of immigration, while never explicitly argued, remain subtly in play, as do more existential matters affecting immigrants, such as the mixed national and cultural allegiances and affiliations between the generations." -Chicago Tribune

"Distinctively compassionate and original. . . . Extraordinary." -Heidi Julavits, author of The Vanishings

"[Henriquez is] a world-class stylist." -Chicago Reader

"Beautiful . . . Cristina Henriquez introduces us to . . . vibrant lives, to heartbreaking choices, to the tender beginnings of love, and to the humanity in every individual. Unforgettable." -Esmeralda Santiago, author of Conquistadora

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