Erika L. Sánchez

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(Sánchez, Erika) Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, essayist, and novelist. She was the sex and love advice columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas for three years, and her writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, and the Paris Review.  Her debut collection of poetry, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf in 2017. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers) was nominated for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.  Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. No one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?