Bookshop Staff Picks: Latinx Fiction

By Bookshop.org

By Bookshop.org

Fiebre Tropical

Juli Delgado Lopera

$17.95 $16.51

A glowing, irreverent, sweaty story about a Colombian teen coming out/of-age in Miami as she gets swept up simultaneously in lesbian lust and strict evangelism, this is a debut novel to remember. –Cosme Del Rosario-Bell

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau (Original)

Michael Zapata

$26.99 $24.83

Adana Moreau, an acclaimed science fiction writer suddenly, tragically dies in the 1930s, but not before destroying the only copy—supposedly—of her new book. Decades later, Saul finds a second copy of the manuscript among his late grandfather's possessions and tracks down her son in New Orleans just as Hurricane Katrina strikes. This gorgeous novel is at once a multigenerational epic and an intimate portrait of loss and community across years and borders. –Kevin Chau

The Worst Best Man

Mia Sosa

$15.99 $14.71

She's a beautiful, smart, strong-willed wedding planner ironically left at the altar. He's her ex's ambitious, loathsome brother and best man. So of course they find themselves forced to work together on the biggest opportunity of their careers. Perfectly paced and sparkling with Sosa's wit, this book is an exquisite rom-com. –Sarah High

Hurricane Season

Fernanda Melchor

$16.95 $15.59

This book reads like a series of spells cast from a choir. I read it in three days because I knew this was a novel I would want to savor. It took three days because I had to give myself a rest between Melchor’s relentless brutality. Within the frantic, suffocating voices of this novel, there is a real longing for true love. A longing that I read as a cautionary tale about the curses we place upon ourselves out of fear and self-denial. –Nathan Stormer

Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

$27.00 $24.84

Mexican Gothic follows a young woman whisked away to a sinister mansion in the Mexican countryside after receiving a frantic and vague letter from her newlywed cousin. Terrifyingly plotted and seductively written, this novel is a postcolonial gothic masterpiece. –Angela Januzzi

The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez

Rudy Ruiz

$27.99 $25.75

30 years after Fulgencio met Carolina, her husband—his nemesis—has finally died. Then a child of impoverished immigrants and now an accredited pharmacist, Fulgencio embarks on a quest to win back her love while also striving to follow through on the trajectory of his American Dream and to break his mystical family curse. A charming and surreal story of migration and hopes and dreams. –David Rose

Ornamental

Juan Cárdenas

$16.95 $15.59

In this slim and speculative feat, Juan Cárdenas envisions a world glossed over with deadened aestheticism while simultaneously gripped in a pharmaceutical fervor, striking an elegant pose while teetering on the edge of all-out chaos. Ornamental is a scalpel-like dystopia, as clinical as it is terrifying. –Justin Walls

You Had Me at Hola

Alexis Daria

$15.99 $14.71

A lovely slow burn, hot, and complete with dad jokes. You Had Me at Hola had me completely engrossed. Daria offers us round characters, relatable family drama, and some poignant looks at colorism and diversity within the Latinx community, while serving up a super sweet Happily Ever After. –Genay Jackson

Dead Girls

Selva Almada

$15.95 $14.67

An immediate classic of narrative nonfiction, Selva Almada's Dead Girls doggedly tugs at loose threads and chases down leads in an attempt to extract some measure of truth from the inherently inexplicable. A bone-bleaching crusade against the obfuscation of victimhood. –Justin Walls

The Bitch

Pilar Quintana

$14.99 $13.79

The Bitch is a novel whose magic is expertly distilled in the monotony of daily chores and routines. A dog's walk is a step into an emotional landscape marked by hope in the face of grief. Quintana's prose is a gut-punch of beauty and terror. –Nathan Stormer

The People of Paper

Salvador Plascencia

$15.95 $14.67

This debut novel by metafictionalist Salvador Plascencia is so singular in its uniqueness and scope. His deft use of magical realism and the anarchic way in which the text meets the page in print makes this book a special gift to the beholder. Received it on my birthday one year and have treasured it ever since! –Paige O'Malley

The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

Luis Sepúlveda

$12.95

Luis Sepúlveda was a Chilean writer, journalist, and screenplay writer who sadly died of COVID earlier this year. This is his most popular work and a pretty well-known book and it's also very short. His characters are sweet and endearing. His way of writing about the jungle and all these animals that are being hunted is wonderful. The dentist who visits twice a year brings him romance novels, which he reads at nighttime and makes him reflect on the relationship between the animals and the hunters. –Mario Saladrigas

The Show House

Dan Lopez

$16.00 $14.72

This debut novel from inventive contemporary writer, Dan Lopez is my top recommendation for celebrating the October portion of Latinx Heritage Month! This non-vanilla thriller serves all your spooky autumnal needs, from eerie tension, to predator/prey dynamics, to murderous interludes, and family dysfunction. With a healthy helping of gay erotica and the one of a kind, off-key, Orlando charm, which only Florida could muster, this work is a heady hit for the adventurous reader. –Paige O'Malley

Halsey Street

Naima Coster

$14.95 $13.75

Giving up on her art career, Penelope moves back to Brooklyn to care for her dying father and finds her childhood neighborhood gentrified beyond recognition. As she starts getting used to the new Bed-Stuy, her mother Mirella, who had long ago abandoned her for the Dominican Republic, reaches out to make amends. A touching, engrossing tale of two women and their journeys to healing. –Cosme Del Rosario-Bell

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

$16.00 $14.72

Seven-year-old Chula is a carefree child in a gated community, more or less shielded from the rest of Pablo Escobar's Bogotá. Petrona is her mother's young new live-in maid trying her best to keep her own family fed and safe. A riveting political thriller and moving tale of two families, Fruit of the Drunken Tree is an unforgettable novel of class, violence, and survival. –Kevin Chau

Blow-Up: And Other Stories

Julio Cortazar

$16.00 $14.72

Just like most of Cortázar's other works this book is bizarre. On the surface a lot of the premises for his short stories sound like fever dreams, but they're all wonderfully written and captivating. All the way from a man who's struggling from vomiting rabbits, to a tiger lurking around a summer home, to a woman with two dead husbands who has an interesting way of preparing food, all the stories are wonderful in their own way. –Mario Saladrigas