*Suggested reading before the year ends. VL
By Rigoberto Gonález, NBC News (4 minute read)
As the year comes to a close, here’s one final look at some great Latino books published in 2016.
This list includes titles by U.S. Latino and Latin American authors who have been translated into English. Together, these selections shape a compelling portrait of the Americas as a vibrant territory that welcomes change but holds firm to its ethnic roots and cultural histories.
The stories in this debut collection take a hard look at the dynamic yet unpredictable borderlands that stretch from El Paso to Albuquerque. Two of the reader’s recurring guides are Halden Cruces and Rowena Garza—he, the sentimental fool with an artistic temperament that gets him into odd predicaments and she, the Chicana scholar whose sharp mind and wit brings him much needed grounding.
Carmona’s young professional characters bring fresh perspective to a landscape that continues to navigate longstanding issues such as undocumented immigration and the politics of identity and culture.