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Cristina Henríquez

Henríquez was born and spent a majority of her youth in Delaware. Her father is an immigrant from Panamá and her mother is from New Jersey. Henríquez spent many of her summers in Panamá despite not speaking Spanish and learned a great deal about the importance of the culture, which is reflected in her works. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1999 with a degree in English and is a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her debut novel, The World in Half, was published in 2009, and her novel The Book of Unknown Americans was released in 2014. The Book of Unknown Americans was recognized as a New York Times Notable Book and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Excellence in Fiction. She lives with her family in Chicago and has been known to never miss a deadline.



The World In Half

Come Together, Fall Apart


"Everything is Far From Here" - The New Yorker
"Goodbyes" - The American Scholar
"Carmen Elcira: A (Love) Life" - The Atlantic
"Gabriella, My Heart" - This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers
"Carnival, Las Tablas" - The New Yorker
"Chasing Birds" - Ploughshares
"Mercury" - Glimmer Train
"Ashes" - The New Yorker
"Drive" - Virginia Quarterly Review


Need for (Reduced) Speed – New York Times Magazine
Traveler's Tale – Wall Street Journal
Confessions of a Former Sweet Valley High Addict – NPR.com
From Cantor to College, Don't Forget the Immigrants in the U.S. Immigration Fight – The Guardian
What a Disastrous 14-Hour Road Trip Taught Me About My Family (and Myself) – Real Simple
The Rejection Files – Oxford American
Lunch – The New Yorker
My Grandmother and the Plants – Etiqueta Negra
Place – Preservation Magazine
The Largest Statue in the World of an American Hero – Oxford American


"Everything is Far From Here" – The Best American Short Stories 2018, ed. Roxane Gay and Heidi Pitlor
Doubly Denied – Double Bind: Women on Ambition, ed. Robin Romm
Texas – State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America, ed. Sean Wilsey and Matt Weiland
Hello, My Name Is… – Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Women Writers Reflect on the Candidate and What Her Campaign Meant, ed. Susan Morrison
"Gabriella, My Heart" – This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers


The Book of Unknown Americans Homepage

Aaron Lubell, 2018

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