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Texas: The Great Theft

by Carmen Boullosa & Samantha Schnee Deep Vellum Publishing (November 10, 2014)

A historical examination of tension and conflict on the Texas-Mexico border, told from the Mexican perspective, that's especially relevant today.

The Dark

by Sergio Chejfec & Heather Cleary Open Letter (October 15, 2013)

New novel from BTBA finalist about a man obsessed with understanding the working-class via a love affair with a woman.

The Planets

by Sergio Chejfec & Heather Cleary Open Letter (June 12, 2012)

A writer remembers his childhood friend, M, who was disappeared in Argentina's Dirty War.

Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry

by Alastair Reid, Michael Wiegers & Mónica de la Torre Copper Canyon Press (August 19, 2013)

A sweeping and exhaustive overview of contemporary Mexican poetry.

Forest of the Pygmies

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 01, 2014)

Once again Alexander Cold and his indomitable journalist grandmother, Kate, are braving the mystical unknown, this time in the heart of Africa. Along with Alex's friend Nadia Santos and a photographic crew from...

Kingdom of the Golden Dragon

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 01, 2014)

Reunited once more, young Alexander Cold and his best friend, Nadia, embark upon a new adventure, following Alex's frighteningly fearless journalist grandmother Kate to a forbidden kingdom hidden away in the...

City of the Beasts

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 01, 2014)

When Alexander Cold's mother falls ill, the fifteen-year-old is sent to stay with his eccentric grandmother in New York. A tough and prickly magazine reporter, Kate Cold takes Alex along with her on an expedition...

Ines of My Soul

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 01, 2014)

A passionate tale of love, freedom, and conquest from the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabelle Allende.

Born into a poor family in Spain, Inés Suárez, finds herself condemned...

Portrait in Sepia

by Isabel Allende Harper (March 25, 2014)

A sequel to Daughter of Fortune, New York Times bestselling author, Isabel Allende, continues her magic with this spellbinding family saga set against war and economic hardship.

Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal...

Daughter of Fortune

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 15, 2014)

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabelle Allende, comes a passionate tale of one young woman's quest to save her lover set against the chaos of the 1849 California Gold...


by Isabel Allende Harper (April 15, 2014)

When Isabel Allende's daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and fell into a coma, the author began to write the story of her family for her unconscious child. In the telling, bizarre ancestors appear before our...

The Infinite Plan

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 15, 2014)

In The Infinite Plan, critically acclaimed, bestselling author Isabel Allende weaves a vivid and engrossing tale of one man's search for love and his struggle to come to terms with a childhood of poverty and...

Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel

by Isabel Allende HarperCollins e-books (April 27, 2010)

“Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers.”

Los Angeles Times

From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, the latest...


by Isabel Allende Harper (January 28, 2014)

Isabel Allende—the New York Times bestselling author whose books, including Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, and Zorro, have sold more than 57 million copies around the world—demonstrates her remarkable...

The Dark Bride

by Laura Restrepo Ecco (July 02, 2013)

Once a month, the refinery workers of the Tropical Oil Company descend upon Tora, a city in the Colombian forest. They journey down from the mountains searching for earthly bliss and hoping to encounter Sayonara,...

Maya's Notebook

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 23, 2013)

Maya’s Notebook is a startling novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende.


This contemporary coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her...

Adam in Eden

by Carlos Fuentes, Alejandro Branger & Ethan Shaskan Bumas Dalkey Archive Press (January 08, 2013)

In this comic novel of political intrigue, Adam Gorozpe, a respected businessman in Mexico, has a life so perfect that he might as well be his namesake in the Garden of Eden—but there are snakes in this Eden...

It Would Be Night in Caracas

by Karina Sainz Borgo & Elizabeth Bryer HarperVia (October 15, 2019)

As seen in the New York Times Book Review 

Told with gripping intensity, It Would be Night in Caracas chronicles one woman’s desperate battle to survive amid the dangerous, sometimes deadly, turbulence of...

The Polish Boxer

by Eduardo Halfon, Thomas Bunstead, Anne McLean & Lisa Dillman et al. Bellevue Literary Press (October 02, 2012)

The English-language debut of a major Latin American writer whose work has been compared to Roberto Bolaño.

The Crossed-Out Notebook

by Nicolás Giacobone & Megan McDowell Scribner (September 24, 2019)

From the Academy Award-winning cowriter of Birdman, a wonderfully eccentric, suspenseful debut in the tradition of Misery and Kiss of the Spiderwoman about a screenwriter kidnapped by a world-famous director...

Bottom of the Sky

by Rodrigo Fresán & Will Vanderhyden Open Letter (March 09, 2018)

At its core, The Bottom of the Sky is a novel about two young boys in love with other planets and a disturbingly beautiful girl. An homage to the history of American science fiction, it’s also about the Gulf...

House of Beauty

by Melba Escobar & Elizabeth Bryer Fourth Estate (March 08, 2018)

A thought-provoking Colombian crime novel set in and around a beauty salon in Bogota

‘This delicate, merciless filleting of race and gender politics is highly recommendedGuardian

A revelation. A rewarding...

Empty Set

by Verónica Gerber Bicecci & Christina Macsweeney Coffee House Press (February 06, 2018)

  • Gerber Bicecci's novel, recommended to us by Valeria Luiselli, is the latest in our Latin American translation program and another collaboration with Christina MacSweeney.

  • The author is also a visual artist...

  • People in the Room

    by Norah Lange & Charlotte Whittle And Other Stories (August 09, 2018)

    A young woman in Buenos Aires spies three women in the house opposite her family’s home. Intrigued, she begins to watch them. She imagines them as accomplices to an unknown crime, as troubled spinsters contemplating...

    We Are The End

    by Gonzalo García Galley Beggar Press (October 26, 2017)

    ‘A unique and breathtaking talent.’ Scarlett Thomas

    “Gonzalo Garcia is so talented: a new deep and hilarious literary voice.” Dorthe Nors

    Tomás' girlfriend has left him. She has, in fact, fled to Antarctica,...

    Medical Autobiography

    by Damián Tabarovsky & Emily Davis Open Letter (July 28, 2017)

    Each time protagonist Dami comes up with another one of his “great ideas,” he is instantly thwarted by his own body, overcome time and again by various, almost comical, ailments. Throughout the ups and downs...

    The Ship of Fools

    by Cristina Peri Rossi & Psiche Hughes Readers International (September 12, 2017)

    The Ship of Fools has established Cristina Peri Rossi, author of a dozen other books of poetry and prose, as a leading writer in Europe and Latin America. This is her most important work in English and is recognized...

    Blood of the Dawn

    by Claudia Salazar Jiménez & Elizabeth Bryer Deep Vellum Publishing (November 14, 2016)

    Recipient of the Americas Narrative Prize, one of Latin America's oldest and most prestigious literary prizes.

    A Zero-Sum Game

    by Eduardo Rabasa & Christina Macsweeney Deep Vellum Publishing (November 14, 2016)

    A satirical look at the origins of power, A Zero-Sum Game uses the highly-charged election for the presidency of a residents' committee and the influence of a powerful stranger to both expose those in power...

    Heavens on Earth

    by Carmen Boullosa & Shelby Vincent Deep Vellum Publishing (September 18, 2017)

    • Lives in New York, teaches at City College of New York, very active in the New York literary scene

    •Won the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, the most prestigious prize given for a single novel in Mexico, for...

    The Iliac Crest

    by Cristina Rivera Garza & Sarah Booker The Feminist Press at CUNY (October 16, 2017)

    On a dark and stormy night, two mysterious women invade an unnamed narrator’s house, where they proceed to ruthlessly question their host’s gender and identity. The increasingly frantic protagonist fails...

    Red, Yellow and Green

    by Alejandro Saravia & María José Giménez Biblioasis (September 18, 2017)

    In Montreal, Alfredo struggles with his memories of being ordered to commit an atrocity by the Bolivian army. Despising his nation as an oppressive sham, he falls for a woman with no nation—a Kurdish freedom-fighter...

    In the Midst of Winter: A Novel

    by Isabel Allende Atria Books (October 31, 2017)

    New York Times and worldwide bestselling author Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.

    An instant New...

    The Invented Part

    by Rodrigo Fresán & Will Vanderhyden Open Letter (April 17, 2017)

    What's the relationship between the real, the imagined, and the written? That's the question at the heart of Fresán's latest novel, an exploration of the mind of a disillusioned writer attempting to write his...


    by Romina Paula & Jennifer Croft The Feminist Press at CUNY (March 20, 2017)

    Traveling home to rural Patagonia, a young woman grapples with herself as she makes the journey to scatter the ashes of her friend Andrea. Twenty-one-year-old Emilia might still be living, but she’s jaded...

    The Revolutionaries Try Again

    by Mauro Javier Cardenas Coffee House Press (August 15, 2016)

    Extravagant, absurd, and self-aware, The Revolutionaries Try Again plays out against the lost decade of Ecuador's austerity and the stymied idealism of three childhood friends—an expat, a bureaucrat, and a...


    by Diego Zúñiga & Megan McDowell Coffee House Press (February 13, 2017)

    On a long, near-silent drive with his father, a young man surveys the "worn-out puzzle" of his broken family.

    Kill the Next One

    by Federico Axat Mulholland Books (December 13, 2016)

    An audacious psychological thriller where nothing is what it seems.

    Ted McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor he finds himself...

    Affections: A Novel

    by Rodrigo Hasbún & Sophie Hughes Simon & Schuster (September 12, 2017)

    The award-winning and haunting novel from Rodrigo Hasbún, the literary star Jonathan Safran Foer calls, “a great writer,” about an unusual family’s breakdown--set in South America during the time of Che...


    by Carmen Boullosa & Peter Bush Deep Vellum Publishing (July 11, 2016)

    A profound and moving coming-of-age novel that explores the end of one woman's innocence in childhood.

    The Clouds

    by Juan José Saer & Hilary Vaughn Dobel Open Letter (April 18, 2016)

    A doctor leads five mental patients to an asylum in this meditation on exile, madness, and the writing process.

    Seeing Red

    by Lina Meruane & Megan McDowell Deep Vellum Publishing (February 01, 2016)

    A visceral, moving, haunting English-language debut on illness, the body, and human relationships by one of Chile's brightest young authors

    All Yours

    by Claudia Pineiro & Miranda France Bitter Lemon Press (December 18, 2011)

    A portrait of a wife betrayed, at first desperate to save her marriage but then intent on violent revenge.

    The Japanese Lover: A Novel

    by Isabel Allende Atria Books (November 03, 2015)

    From New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende, "a magical and sweeping" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love story and multigenerational epic that stretches from San Francisco in the present-day...

    Target in the Night

    by Ricardo Piglia & Sergio Waisman Deep Vellum Publishing (October 19, 2015)

    A masterful psychological and political crime novel by Argentina's greatest living writer expands the genre of "paranoid fiction."

    The Things We Don't Do

    by Andrés Neuman, Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garcia Open Letter (August 10, 2015)

    Mind-bending set of stories—the first of Neuman's in English—calls to mind the best of Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges.

    The Story of My Teeth

    by Valeria Luiselli & Christina Macsweeney Coffee House Press (September 07, 2015)

    Bon vivant, world traveler, auctioneer—the story of Highway and his teeth is like Johnny Cash meets Robert Walser in Mexico.

    The Sixty-Five Years of Washington

    by Juan José Saer & Steve Dolph Open Letter (September 15, 2014)

    Two friends muse and hypothesize about the grand birthday they missed in the years before Argentina's Dirty War.

    The One Before

    by Juan José Saer & Roanne Kantor Open Letter (May 18, 2015)

    Featuring some of Juan Saer's most loved characters, The One Before is his first story collection to appear in English.

    La Grande

    by Juan José Saer & Steve Dolph Open Letter (September 15, 2014)

    Saer's final novel, bringing together many prior themes and characters, and gathering them at a party with lots of wine.