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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cristina Henriquez  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Romance

Audience: Adult;


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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.

Published Works

  • Come Together, Fall Apart, Riverhead , 2007
  • The World in Half, Riverhead, 2009
  • The Book of Unknown Americans, Knopf, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Riverhead Books,. New York :. c2006.

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 world in half /
ISBN: 1594484392. OCLC Number:

Riverhead Books,. New York :. 2009.

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

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"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.


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,
  • 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

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