“Crucet's smart, scathing, and hilarious depiction of a Cuban-American girl at a fancy northeastern university is set in 1999—and involves an Elián González-inspired subplot—but its incisive take on race and class makes it both urgently of-the-moment and destined to be a classic.”

— Curtis Sittenfeld, vanity fair


Praise for Make Your Home Among Strangers


A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-themed Fiction

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Named a best book of the season by
Vanity Fair,
Harper's Bazaar, 
The Guardian,
NBC Latino,
Men's Journal

“Sharply funny.”

— The New York Times

“Few [debut novels] are as furious, funny or thorny as this one....Crucet captures the vernacular of Lizet's world at home and the unbearable alienation in her campus life and with a realness that's hard to forget.”

— Entertainment Weekly

“Anyone who has read Jennine Capó Crucet's story collection, How to Leave Hialeah, knows that she is a wonderful writer. Still, I was unprepared for the power of her debut novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, which I found wise and honest, a love letter to Miami that doubles as a furious and funny manifesto about cultural and familial expectations.”

— Lauren Groff, author of
The Monsters of Templeton
and Arcadia


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