Enjoy National Hispanic Heritage Month by picking a good book
Today marks the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month for 2020. In light of that, I’ve chosen to highlight novels that are by and about Hispanic/Latinx authors and characters. In this list, I’ve read the latest Isabel Allende, The Long Petal of the Sea, which is her thirteenth stand-alone novel detailing the exile of Spanish citizens after their Civil War to Pablo Neruda’s Chile. I am also engrossed in Julia Alvarez’s Afterlife – about an immigrant writer on the verge of retirement when her whole world is turned upside down. If that weren’t enough, I am also listening to the audiobook, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, an entrancing gothic tale of a young socialite dispatched to investigate her distraught cousin’s cries for help. As noted, I am quite an avid fan of Hispanic writers and their stories from one of the first adult books I ever read, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, in the early 1980’s to today’s vanguard of young adult writing by Elizabeth Acevedo – the stories are heartfelt, complex, and utterly fascinating. Enjoy reading and listening to diverse writers not just because they are diverse but because their stories are human stories and we could all use a bit of humanity nowadays!