The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henríquez’, The Book of Unknown Americans, tells the story of the journey one family takes from Mexico to the U.S. in the hopes of giving their daughter the best opportunities to excel after being injured in an accident.  They face many challenges as they leave everyone and everything familiar behind and try to create a new life in America.

The Book of Unknown Americans, has received many notable mentions, including from the New York Times, Amazon, the Daily Beast, Washington Post, NPR, Target, BookPage,, and School Library Journal. It was also long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist.

Henriquez also wrote, The World In Half (a novel), and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection.

Henriquez received the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, which is a grant that was started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father.

Cristina went to Northwestern University where she received her undergraduate degree. She is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently lives in Illinois.