Here is a list of the novels I read this year about and by Latinos (I specifically refer to Americans of Latino descent):
The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
Love Field by Virginia Alanis
Hmmm. I realize that this isn’t a long list, and I’m kind of disappointed by that. I seek out and make a point of reading fiction written by Latinos and about Latino characters, not only for my own personal interest but also to support the literature. I wish there were more books published in this area. Such fiction is becoming more abundant for children and young adults (in fact, I’m currently reading the wonderful children’s book, The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez), but those for adults are more difficult to find. That’s why I write these books, to help fill the void.
My latest novel, White Mexican, is now available as an e-book and soon will be in softcover. It’s about a young woman who struggles with her racial identity. It deals with such timely topics as DNA analysis, white privilege, colorism, and political correctness.
We need diverse books.