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Read More Latam 2021: May – New-to-you Country

This post is part of the #ReadMoreLatam2021 Challenge. Click here for more info.

The challenge for this month is to read a book from a new-to-you Latin American country.

Never read a book by a Colombian writer? Or a Bolivian one? This is the month to choose a new-to-you country…literarily-speaking, that is. To put it simply: pick a country whose literature you’ve never read before.

I’m particularly excited about this month’s challenge because, while I’ve read books from many Latin American countries at this point, my Mexico bias remains strong and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to go beyond Latin America’s big three (in publishing terms): Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.

For this month’s recommendations, I’ve decided to simply suggest one book for each country (which is why the list is much longer than normal!). As always, my recommendations include books I’ve read or simply books I want to read and review.

Recommendations

Argentina—Las malas by Camila Sosa Villada

Belize—Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell

Bolivia—Our Dead World by Liliana Colanzi

Brazil—Amora by Natalia Borges Polesso

Chile—Quiltras by Arelis Uribe

Colombia—Holiday Heart by Margarita García Robayo

Costa Rica—Maybe Managua by Catalina Murillo

Cuba—Las noventa Habanas by Dainerys Machado

Dominican Republic—Papi by Rita Indiana

Ecuador—Cockfight by María Fernanda Ampuero

El Salvador—Slash and Burn by Claudia Hernández

French Guiana—¿? (sorry!)

Guadeloupe—Segu by Marysé Conde

Guatemala—Knitting The Fog by Claudia D Hernández

Guyana—Web of Secrets by Denise Harris

Haiti—Love, Anger, Madness by Marie Vieux-Chauvet

Honduras—That’s What You Get by Sheila Maldonado

Martinique—The Dancing Other by Suzanne Dracius

Mexico—Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis

Nicaragua—The Inhabited Woman by Giaconda Belli

Panama—The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

Paraguay—(lupa) by Lia Colombino

Peru—Sexographies by Gabriela Wiener

Puerto Rico—Sirena Selena by Mayra Santos-Febres

Suriname—Reconstruction by Karin Amatmoekrim

Uruguay—La azotea by Fernanda Trías

Venezuela—Un café con el dictador y otros relatos sin ficción by Milagros Socorro

I’ll be reading: It Would be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo (Venezuela)

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