Our Bookseller says:
“One of those books you don’t put down until you finish it, not because the plot is fast-paced or high concept, but because you are so deeply invested in the characters and their outcomes.
We follow Ana, a fifteen-year-old girl married off to a much older man, as she must learn about a certain kind of life in America. Her view of the world is narrow, widening and winnowing again with her curiosity and the consequences of it. This coming-of-age exists on the fine line between struggle and family, sacrifice and love. Ana’s entire existence is precarious, teetering on choices – many of them not her own. Cruz’s commitment to reality shines through each scene, none stronger than the book’s ending.”
Similar: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Pair it with: Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement or Telling Border Life Stories: Four Mexican American Women Writers by Donna M Kabalen de Bichara