Every year from September 15 through October 15 the U.S celebrates the experiences, heritage, contributions and culture of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Hispanic Heritage Week was first observed in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded to a month in 1988 by President Ronald Regan.
You can join in the celebration by enjoying one of the following newer fiction titles that highlight the Latinx experience:
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez – Reeling from her husband’s sudden death, Antonia Vega is further derailed by her unstable sister’s disappearance and a pregnant undocumented teen’s cry for help.
Dominicana by Angie Cruz – In a turbulent 1960s Dominican Republic, a teenager agrees to marry a man twice her age to help her family immigrate to America.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – A young woman in Mexico City visits her newly married cousin at her dilapidated countryside manor and becomes overwhelmed by nightmares and horrific visions.
It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo – In an increasingly violent and corrupt Venezuela, looters take ownership of Adelaida’s apartment, forcing her into creative means of survival.
Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis – Enduring the violence against women and the LGBTQ community in the decades of the Uruguayan dictatorship, five women unite as lovers, friends, and family.
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende – This epic novel spans decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras – In Pablo Escobar’s violent Colombia of the 1990’s, a rich young girl and her teen-aged housemaid’s become friends until circumstances outside their control threaten their connection.
Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine – The common thread in this is a collection of short stories set in Colorado is the struggles faced by Latina women of Indigenous descent as well as a discussion of homeland and belonging.
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