Cristina Henríquez: Biography

Cristina Henríquez

18 okt 1977

Cristina Henriquez is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, a New York Times notable book of 2014. The fictional novel, which is Henriquez’ second, is interwoven with true stories of immigrants to the United States from Central and Latin America, was also chosen as one of Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year, as a Washington Post Notable Book, and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Cristina Henriquez also authored The World In Half (her first novel), and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which received the New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Her short stories and non-fiction pieces have been published in a variety of journals, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Real Simple, and in the anthologies State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America and Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Women Writers Reflect on the Candidate and What Her Campaign Meant.

As a student, Cristina Henriquez was very disciplined, setting her alarm clock so that she could write early in the morning. Her family traveled around a lot, and although she isn’t an immigrant like her father, who is from Panama and came to the US in 1971, much of her writing offers a universal look at the experience of the outsider. Her works have been described as warm, sometimes suspenseful, funny, and rich in spirit and humanity.

Christina Henriquez earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives with her family in Chicago, and writes about ten to twelve hours per week. Her editor, Robin Desser, says that she has never missed a deadline.