7 Books Set in Latin America

Hi everyone! Today, I have another post to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month!! As I have mentioned before, I’m one of the hosts of the Latinx Book Bingo and this year, one of the prompts of the bingo is to read a book set in Latin America, which inspired me to make a whole post talking about some of my favorite books by Latinx authors that are set in a Latin American country.

If you want to see the other posts that I have written for Latinx Heritage Month 2020, you can check them out HERE.

Without further ado, here are the books:

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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🌼This book follows a young woman and the Mayan god of death as they embark on a quest, where they face all kinds of mythological creatures and deities, in order to save their lives.

🌼It’s set in 1920’s Mexico and the mix of the mythological elements and the ‘modernity’ of the Jazz Age worked well and gave this story an even more unique touch.

🌼The Mayan mythology was captivating and lush, and since it’s a mythology that it’s not often used in fantasy books, this book was full of gods and mythical creatures that felt very new and unique. Plus, the writing style makes it feel like reading a myth or fairytale.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno- Garcia

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🌼This book follows Noemí as she goes to a remote town after her cousin writes asking for help because her husband and his family are trying to poison her and, once there, she has to stay in an old, creepy house while she figures out what’s going on.

🌼It’s set in Mexico in the 1950’s and it explores sexism, colonialism, and eugenics since the main character encounters people who believe that they are superior because of their gender, nationality, ethnicity and that they shouldn’t mix with people of “inferior” genetics.

🌼The creepy atmosphere and the suspense make this book unputdownable. It also helps that, the real villains of the story are manipulative, abusive, disgusting men that you could find anywhere in the world and anytime in history and that’s what makes them so easy to hate.

Category Five by Ann Dávila Cardinal

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🌼Category Five is a quick and entertaining read set in Puerto Rico about teenagers who get involved with a supernatural mystery.

🌼The mystery, which revolves around ghosts, is very intriguing and what makes it more interesting is the fact that it involves the history of Puerto Rico and, because of that there are a lot of discussion about colonization in this book.

🌼The author does a great job of integrating what has happened in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria- especially the abandonment of Puerto Rico by the U.S. government – to the book.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

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🌼This book follows two sisters who didn’t know the other existed until their father dies in a plane crash. Suddenly they have to decide what this new sister means to them and what will it take to keep their dreams alive.

🌼 Part of this book is set in the Dominican Republic where one of the main characters lives and the other part takes place in New York. But for the most part, it is set in the Dominican Republic and it addresses poverty and gender on the Island.

🌼 This is a very emotional book full of complex characters, beautiful writing, and Dominican culture.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika & Maritza Moulite

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🌼This book follows Alaine, who – after a school presentation goes very wrong- finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti, working in her aunt’s nonprofit, dealing with complicated family dynamics and writing the report of a lifetime.

🌼 Most of this book is set in Haiti and we get to see the country through the eyes of Alaine, the daughter of Haitian immigrants. The book shows not only the capital, Port-au-Prince, but also some towns and areas close by.

🌼This book is told in diary entries, tweets and emails, which makes it a very quick and unique read. It includes a lot of different storylines revolving around complicated family relationships and dynamics, and there’s a heartbreaking storyline about illness.

Like Water for Chocholate by Laura Esquivel

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🌼This book follows Tita, who isn’t allowed to marry because she has to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita and Pedro fall in love, so he marries her sister to stay close to her, and Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. 

🌼 Set in Mexico mostly during different time periods but mainly in the time of the Mexican Revolution.

🌼This book has a unique structure, it integrates magical aspects – especially around food – in a very organic and captivating way, it’s incredibly atmospheric and it includes very complicated and gripping relationships between the characters.

News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel García Márquez

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🌼This book chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian men and women–all journalists but one–by the Medellín drug boss Pablo Escobar. The carefully orchestrated abductions were Escobar’s attempt to extort from the government its assurance that he, and other narcotics traffickers, would not be extradited to the United States if they were to surrender

🌼 This is a fascinating and gripping account of real events and it’s incredibly well written. Garcia Marquez had access to the testimonies and accounts of a lot of important people in Colombia to write this book and it’s interesting to get to an inside look at what happened during this very well-known moment in Colombia’s history.

Have you read books in Latin America? What’s your favorite book set in LATAM?
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