Jennine Capó Crucet

Johanna Lawshea

Jennine Capó Crucet’s first book, How to Leave Hialeah, was selected by Curtis Sittenfeld for the Iowa Short Fiction Award; she is the first Latina to win this prize in its forty-year history. Her debut novel, named a best book of the season by Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, Bustle, NBC Latino and Men’s Journal is Make Your Home Among Strangers (St. Martin’s Press), in which the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school-secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college Pulled between life at college and the needs of those she loves, she is faced with difficult decisions that will change her life forever.