America Libre

“It’s a troubling time in many of America’s urban Hispanic communities. A deep recession continues to plague families. Youth are jobless and growing restless while gangs flourish. The turmoil erupts into chaos when an innocent, young Latina bystander is fatally shot by Texas police. Rioting spreads across the country and leads to more than just burned buildings—more people are killed at the hands of public servants…those who are Hispanic, married to a Hispanic, or have at least one grandparent of Hispanic origin, are tagged ‘Class H’ and forced into detention centers.”

No this is not a real newspaper article—although it is entirely too possible. It’s actually the context for Cuban-born author and documentary filmmaker Raul Ramos y Sanchez’s revolutionary new political novel America Libre (Grand Central Publishing; $13.99). Ramos began writing it back in 2004, with help from scholars from all over Latin America, Spain, and the U.S. He’s now the host of—an online forum for our community. Through his book, Ramos y Sanchez exposes the dangers of extremism/fanaticism on both sides of the immigration debate.