Rigoberto González recommends his two favorite books of 2017

Rigoberto González (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

My two favorite books of 2017: Achy Obejas’s superb story collection “The Tower of Antilles” (Akashic Books) deals with the conflicted relationships Cubans, exiles and Cuban Americans have with their homeland, with the U.S., and, more poignantly, with each other; Vanessa Angélica Villarreal’s stunning poetry debut “Beast Meridian” (Noemi Press) charts the emotional journey of a first-generation Chicana as she navigates her troubled family, cultural displacement and an “American dream” that excludes women of color.

Achy Obejas’s “The Tower of Antilles" and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal’s “Beast Meridian” (Akashic Books/Noemi Press)
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