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Jennine Capó Crucet's Novel Make Your Home Among Strangers

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115 North Orange Street

Orange, California 92866

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Jennine Capó Crucet’s debut novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers (2016), won the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-Themed Fiction 2016, and was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Vanity Fair called this “smart, scathing, and hilarious depiction of a Cuban-American girl at a fancy northeastern university” an instant classic.

Each reading circle is in support of the author's visit to UCI campus. For more information on author visits, please see Illuminations Author Series.


Illuminations: UCI Reading Group is a collaboration between the University of California, Irvine and 1888. The reading group meets to marvel at the inner-workings of fiction and poetry. Everyone is welcome: No previous experience or training required. Although it’s great if you’ve read the book beforehand, it’s not required, because we’ll always begin by reading a passage aloud together. We’ll then work through some of the writing’s mechanical elements—sometimes called “craft”—to get a better sense of what makes the story speak to us. Hosted by Sam Richardson and Sunny Nagra.

Reading Group is led by writers from the MFA Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. The discussions coincide with the UCI Illuminations Authors Series, giving participants a chance to familiarize themselves with the work of visiting writers at UCI.

Rebecca Sacks is a prose writer currently in the MFA Programs in Writing at UCI. Previously, she worked as a freelance journalist and editor, living in Tel Aviv, and before that, in New York. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Vanity Fair, Departures, and The Millions.

With your RSVP, receive a 10% discount at the 1888 Bookshop on the day of the event.

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