This year has been full of great new releases by authors of all colors, ages and sizes. In celebration of some of 2018’s most impactful reads by Hispanic and Latinx authors, we’ve rounded up seven books you need to get your hands on ASAP. These are the must-read books by Latina authors.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Xiomara Batista is struggling to figure out who she really is. As a teenager, she acts out when things don’t go her way and as her mother forces her to be loyal to the church, she finds her passion elsewhere. Slam poetry feels like home for Xiomara but she knows she can’t tell her mother about it. And when she finds love, she’ll learn that keeping secrets isn’t as easy as it seems.
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Set during Pablo Escobar’s reign in Bogotá, two young women find themselves in the midst of chaos and deep secrets. Chula is curious about the new live-in maid their mother has hired and as the two get to know one another, they become caught up in a mess that neither had intended.
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
In this unique short story collection, Machado unleashes pure honesty when it comes to the violence forced on women’s bodies. As if reimagining Law & Order: SVU, these stories all tell a different tale of sacrifice, suffering and justice.
Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester
When Isabel’s dead father-in-law Omar appears to her as a ghost on her wedding day, she is shocked. He is there to seek redemption from his family for abandoning them and then dying. Each year, on the celebratory Day of the Dead, Omar reappears to Isabel in search of forgiveness. During their meetings, Isabel gains insight to her husband’s family that will alter their lives forever.
Infomocracy by Malka Older
Although the third book in this series releases in September, it’s important that you begin with the book that started it all. In this exciting science fiction novel, politics takes a major toll on three characters who are destined to make a difference. With an upcoming election and political experiment on the line, they’ll all learn that power always comes with extortion.
The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
After taking her father’s credit card and racking up an expensive bill, Margot Sanchez will be put to work in the family’s grocery store to redeem herself. But Margot has other plans for her life as a prep school teen and she’s destined to make her mark on the world by whatever means necessary.
Corazón by Yesika Salgado
This poetry collection from Yesika Salgado is all about love and the way love can hurt us. Knowing that love is within everyone and everything, Yesika preaches about the ways we fall in love, devour love and ultimately become heartbroken over love. But amidst the heartbreak, she makes it clear that you always come back to your true self.