Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cristina Henriquez  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Romance

Audience: Adult;

Born:


-- Website -- http://www.cristinahenriquez.com
-- Cristina Henriquez on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=cristina+henriquez


Illinois Connection

Henríquez earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. She lives in a western suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cristina Henríquez's stories have been published in ''The New Yorker'', ''The Atlantic'', ''Glimmer Train'', ''Ploughshares'', ''TriQuarterly'', and ''AGNI'' along with the anthology ''This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers''.Cristina’s non-fiction has appeared in ''The New Yorker'', ''The Oxford American'', and ''Preservation'' as well as in the anthologies ''State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America'' and ''Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Women Writers Reflect on the Candidate and What Her Campaign Meant''.She was featured in ''Virginia Quarterly Review'' as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries,” has been a guest on National Public Radio, and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father.


Awards

Come Together, Fall Apart


-- Editors' Choice selection, New York Times

The Book of Unknown Americans


-- Notable Book, New York Times
-- Notable Book, Washington Post
-- Great Read, NPR
-- Novel of the Year, The Daily Beast
-- Best Book of the Year, Mother Jones
-- Best Book of the Year, Oprah.com
-- Best Book of the Year, School Library Journal
-- Best Book of the Year, BookPage
-- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017 '''Other Awards'''
-- Fiction New Luminary, Virginia Quarterly Review
-- Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Come together, fall apart :
ISBN: 9781101127094. OCLC Number: 649707679

Riverhead Books,. .

These eight stories and novella travel from Panama's dusty city streets to its humid beaches to create an affecting portrait of a country in transition.

Come together, fall apart :
ISBN: 1594482411. OCLC Number: 61240722

Riverhead Books,. .

A collection of tales set in contemporary Panama introduces several young people at emotional crossroads, from a man who can't commit to marriage to an American girl who stays with her grandparents while her parents divorce.

The book of unknown Americans /
ISBN: 0385350848. OCLC Number: 849822505

. .

"Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she'll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better. When Mayor Toro, whose family is from Panama, sees Maribel in a Dollar Tree store, it is love at first sight. It's also the beginning of a friendship between the Rivera and Toro families, whose web of guilt and love and responsibility is at this novel's core."--Jacket.

The book of unknown Americans :
ISBN: 9780804191456. OCLC Number: 879284747

. .

A dazzling, heartbreaking page-turner destined for breakout status: a novel that gives voice to millions of Americans as it tells the story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl: teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own. After their daughter Maribel suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras leave México and come to America. But upon settling at Redwood Apartments, a two-story cinderblock complex just off a highway in Delaware, they discover that Maribel's recovery-the piece of the American Dream on which they've pinned all their hopes-will not be easy. Every task seems to confront them with language, racial, and cultural obstacles. At Redwood also lives Mayor Toro, a high school sophomore whose family arrived from Panamà fifteen years ago. Mayor sees in Maribel something others do not: that beyond her lovely face, and beneath the damage she's sustained, is a gentle, funny, and wise spirit. But as the two grow closer, violence casts a shadow over all their futures in America.

The world in half
ISBN: 9781101028650. OCLC Number: 522319616

Riverhead Books,. .

Miraflores has never known her father, and until now, she's never thought that he wanted to know her. She's long been aware that her mother had an affair with him while she was stationed with her then husband in Panama, and she's always assumed that her pregnant mother came back to the United States alone with his consent. But when Miraflores returns to the Chicago suburb where she grew up, to care for her mother at a time of illness, she discovers that her mother and father had a greater love than she ever thought possible, and that her father had wanted her more than she could have ever imagined.

The world in half /
ISBN: 1594484392. OCLC Number: 233548549

Riverhead Books,. .

Miraflores has never known her father, and until now, she's never thought that he wanted to know her. She's long been aware that her mother had an affair with him while she was stationed with her then husband in Panama, and she's always assumed that her pregnant mother came back to the United States alone with his consent. But when Miraflores returns to the Chicago suburb where she grew up, to care for her mother at a time of illness, she discovers that her mother and father had a greater love than she ever thought possible, and that her father had wanted her more than she could have ever imagined.