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.
Argentina—Las malas by Camila Sosa Villada
Belize—Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell
Chile—Quiltras by Arelis Uribe
Costa Rica—Maybe Managua by Catalina Murillo
Dominican Republic—Papi by Rita Indiana
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
Martinique—The Dancing Other by Suzanne Dracius
Nicaragua—The Inhabited Woman by Giaconda Belli
Paraguay—(lupa) by Lia Colombino
Puerto Rico—Sirena Selena by Mayra Santos-Febres
Suriname—Reconstruction by Karin Amatmoekrim
Uruguay—La azotea by Fernanda Trías
I’ll be reading: It Would be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo (Venezuela)
Update: Read my review of It Would be Night in Caracas here!