7 Timeless Reads for Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15 we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and there are countless works of literature to help you do so. To name a few, here’s a list of epic reads from recent releases to classics that you may (or may not) have read in high school:

 

cover_in-the-time-of-the-butterfliesIn the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

“In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters—Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé—speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule.”

 

 

cover_the-veins-of-the-oceanThe Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel

“Set in the vibrant coastal and Caribbean communities of Miami, the Florida Keys, Havana, Cuba, and Cartagena, Colombia, with The Veins of the Ocean Patricia Engel delivers a profound and riveting Pan-American story of fractured lives finding solace and redemption in the beauty and power of the natural world, and in one another.”

 

 

cover_the-brief-wondrous-life-of-oscar-waoThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

“Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.”

 

 

cover_the-house-on-mango-streetThe House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

“The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous—it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become.”

 

 

cover_one-hundred-years-of-solitudeOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women—brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul—this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.”

 

 

 

cover_the-savage-detectivesThe Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

“In this dazzling novel […] Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes—the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself—on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe: our own. The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age.”

 

 

cover_the-house-of-the-spiritsThe House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

“Chilean writer Isabel Allende’s classic novel is both a richly symbolic family saga and the riveting story of an unnamed Latin American country’s turbulent history. In a triumph of magic realism, Allende constructs a spirit-ridden world and fills it with colorful and all-too-human inhabitants. […] The House of the Spirits not only brings another nation’s history thrillingly to life, but also makes its people’s joys and anguishes wholly our own.”

 

 

cover_the-book-of-unknown-americansThe Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

“When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. […] The Book of Unknown Americans is a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.”

 

 

 

Which book will you be reading to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Let us know in the comments below!

    Natalie Hallak

    Natalie Hallak is an Editorial Assistant for Park Row Books, Harlequin’s literary fiction imprint. She loves reading whip-it smart, emotional literary fiction with commercial appeal, as well as speculative fiction, psychological suspense, and narrative nonfiction/memoir. She has a particular interest in underrepresented voices and loves books that fearlessly blend genres. When Natalie’s not reading, she’s either traveling, playing the French Horn, experimenting with photography, or watching cat videos. You can find her on Twitter: @NatalieHallak.

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