“IF I BRING YOU ROSES is a stunning novel of love and longing between deeply affecting characters who struggle for intimacy despite the constraints of their time and milieu.  Marisel Vera immerses readers in mid-twentieth century Puerto Rico and then Chicago with the same eloquent ease that she draws us into the richness of her characters’ lives.  This is a moving story, an amazing debut by a gifted author, and a book to keep for reading again and again.” — Lorraine M. López, PEN/Faulkner finalist for Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories

“Marisel Vera is a gifted storyteller with an eye for the subtle motions of the human heart as it struggles with the disturbances of desire. This is a deeply felt and satisfying tale that brings attention to the courage required to sustain hope, love, and passion as a stranger in a new land. Vera understands her characters and brings them to us with lyric intensity, humor, and perfect pitch so that they live in us long after the last page is closed.” —-Jonis Agee, author of The River Wife

“IF I BRING YOU ROSES has everything you want in a novel– flawed complicated characters, lush descriptions, breathtaking plot, and a fierce beating heart. With this brilliant novel she at once excavates history, while weaving a story that is entirely new. With this amazing debut, Marisel Vera has burst onto the literary scene.  I am eager to see what she writes next.” —Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

“Rich with fascinating detail and engaging characters.”—Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After

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