The Best Books By Latina Authors

Books By Latina Authors You Need To Add To Your Reading List ASAP

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Latin America has an incredibly rich history of writing and storytelling—and Latina and Latin-American women have been writing some of the most influential and beautiful novels and stories of our time, from literary fiction and short stories to romance, thrillers, and YA.

There are so many wonderful reads—but also you have to start somewhere. Below, we’ve highlighted just a few of our very favorite reads from our very favorite writers, attempting to hit upon the most notable authors and works from the widest range of cultures, eras, and locations.

Those looking for a timeless classic might want to begin with The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, while someone looking for a new release (and some killer) magical realism can start with The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova. If you want to better understand the immigrant experience? Try Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia. 

‘The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina’ by Zoraida Córdova

This is rich, beautiful magical realism at its best. Orquídea Divina is dying, and she has something to give to her surviving family members. But while her secrets bring blessings, they also bring darkness and danger. This generational drama—which manages to be both breathtaking and funny) toggles between Orquídea’s amazing life and the lives of her descendants as they try to uncover the past.

$21.49 AT AMAZON

‘The House of the Spirits’ by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is a powerhouse in the world of 20th century literature and her books, which have been translated into 35 languages, have touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. The House of Spirits is required reading for anyone interested in Latinx literature—or any book nerd at all. Following the Trueba family through several generations, the epic tale captures the human experience (and a bit of magic) in a way that’s truly unique among stories and storytellers.

$12.79 AT AMAZON

‘Velvet was the night’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

From the acclaimed author of Mexican Gothic and The Beautiful Ones comes a new tale that will keep you up at night turning pages. In Velvet Was The Night, Silvia Moreno-Garcia shifts gears away from the horror genre and into pulp noir—where we find ourselves in gritty 1970s Mexico City, where several unconnected parties are searching for the same missing woman.

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‘Cantoras’ by Carolina De Robertis

One of the most notable books of 2019, Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis follows five women through the military rule in Uruguay during the 1970s and beyond. A novel about resilience, queer love, and finding your own family, this story will lift you up and stay with you for a very long time.

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‘The Grief Keeper’ by Alexandra Villasante

This speculative YA novel centers on the story of Marisol, a teen growing up in El Salvador who is forced to flee her home and cross into the United States after gang violence puts her entire family in danger. When her family is captured at the border, Marisol chooses to be subjected to a strange scientific experiment in exchange for a life of safety across the border. Written with love and hope, this debut novel is worth every page.


‘I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter’ by Erika L. Sánchez

National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez explores grief, family, and culture through the eyes of Julia, a teenaged girl living in Chicago. Her life hasn’t been the same since her sister, Olga, was tragically killed in a pedestrian accident—and now Julia is in the spotlight for not being anything like her sibling was. Now, together with her friend and boyfriend, Julia is determined to find out if there was more to the story of her perfect sister.

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‘Of Women and Salt’ by Gabriela Garcia

Instead of reading American Dirt—a story of border crossing and immigration written by a white woman—we highly recommend reading this story instead, written by debut novelist Gabriela Garcia. Spanning over 100 years and multiple generations, Of Women and Salt takes to 19th Century Cuba, Florida, Texas, El Salvador, and Mexico—following the lives of women who are just struggling to find themselves in a world that is stacked against them. As their stories collide and affect one another, you will find yourself gaining a greater understanding of all of their perspectives.

$13.49 AT AMAZON

'Afterlife' by Julia Alvarez

After 15 years between adult novels, author Julia Alvarez returns with Afterlife, the celebrated book about a woman named Antonia who is trying to find her place in the world following her retirement and the sudden death of her husband. When her sister disappears—and a pregnant, undocumented teen arrives at her door searching for help, she must reevaluate her life and what it means to help one other—especially in uncertain time.

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'You Had Me at Hola' by Alexis Daria

Set in the world of telenovelas, You Had Me At Hola is the shimmering, fun romantic comedy that you need in your life immediately. A soap opera inside of a soap opera, the light, airy novel follows two television stars, Jasmine and Ashton, as they try to navigate their personal lives, their floundering careers, and then their sudden feelings for each other.

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‘Hurricane Season’ by Fernanda Melchor

From the pen of one of Mexico’s most celebrated authors, Fernanda Melchor, comes the translation of her latest novel, Hurricane Season. At the heart of the story is a village witch who is found dead—and fanning out from that moment are the stories of eight different people who know shards of what happened to the woman. Dark and brutal, this shivering tale, filled with unreliable narrators and a bit of magic, is a classic in the making.

$20.49 AT AMAZON

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‘The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina...
‘The House of the Spirits’ by Isabel...
‘Velvet was the night’ by Silvia Mor...
‘Cantoras’ by Carolina De Robertis
‘The Grief Keeper’ by Alexandra Vill...
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‘Of Women and Salt’ by Gabriela Garc...
'Afterlife' by Julia Alvarez
'You Had Me at Hola' by Alexis Daria
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