Cristina García is the first Cuban American to write a novel in English. Dreaming in Cuban introduced a fresh voice to the growing field of multicultural literature and became a National Book Award finalist. García received several other prestigious awards, including a Hodder Fellowship (Princeton University, 1992-1993), a Cintas Fellowship (Institute for International Education, 1992-1993), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1994), and a Whiting Writers Award (1996). Though Dreaming in Cuban remains García’s most popular work, her other novels have received favorable attention as well. The Agüero Sisters, chosen as recommended reading by Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year award in 1997, and was listed among the American Library Association’s Notable Books (1998).
Monkey Hunting marks a widening horizon for García, as she focuses on the often overlooked Chinese presence in Cuba. In 2008, she received the Northern California Book Award in Fiction for her fourth novel, A Handbook to Luck.