Her books include How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, ¡Yo!, Once Upon a Quinceañera, the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist In the Time of the Butterflies, and the newly released A Wedding in Haiti, a memoir about cross-cultural friends.
One of her six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
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A stirring, nonfiction portrait of physician Paul Farmer. Through his organization, Partners in Health, Farmer has focused on bringing modern medicine to "the triage nations of the world," among them Haiti. While writing, I'd reread sections of this book and be reminded of the ground my own narrative was traveling.
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