Books by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A boring summer stretches ahead of Ari, who at 15 feels hemmed in by a life filled with rules and family secrets. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Zach is full of words: An artist lives inside him. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

A new dog, Sofie, joins the family introduced in A Gift from Papá Diego (1998), to the absolute joy of the children, Little Diego and Gabriela. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

One cloudless summer, 78-year-old Octavio Rivera's afternoon naps lead to a series of fantastical dreams. Read full book review >

HE FORGOT TO SAY GOODBYE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 17, 2008

Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove, teenage residents of El Paso, Texas, voice their anguish at growing up without their biological fathers. Read full book review >

NAMES ON A MAP by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Sáenz deftly captures a mood, but his obsession with introspection bloats the family story. "
A sweeping epic about the choices a Mexican-American El Paso family makes during the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
IN PERFECT LIGHT by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A vivid story about a community of scarred, deeply human souls within a callous, indifferent America."
Poignant tale of a Mexican American community in El Paso facing the legacy of child prostitution. Read full book review >
A GIFT FROM PAPA DIEGO/UN REGALO DE PAPA DIEGO by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

A nicely done bilingual tale about a little boy who misses his grandfather. Read full book review >

THE HOUSE OF FORGETTING by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 1997

Award-winning Hispanic poet and novelist S†enz (Carry Me Like Water, 1995, etc.) visits Turow and Grisham territory as he tells the melodramatic story of an abduction victim threatened by crooked lawyers and police. When Chicago cops break into Thomas Blacker's house and find Claudia Santos waiting for them while the aging Blacker lies bleeding from stab wounds, the case seems clear. Read full book review >

CARRY ME LIKE WATER by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

First-novelist and award-winning poet S†enz (Calendar of Dust, 1991, etc.) attempts a big book about race and family, love and death, but fails to rise above melodrama. Diego lives a life of poverty in El Paso, scraping by as a cook at a small bar. Read full book review >