The Week (US)

The Kissing Bug

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by Daisy Hernández

The personal story Daisy Hernández shares in her new book “packs as much heart, tension, lyricism, and horror as some of the best contempora­ry fiction,” said Gabino Iglesias in The Boston Globe. Hernández was a girl when her family took in an aunt from Colombia who suffered from Chagas disease. The parasitebo­rne illness could be easily defeated, the author learned, if only it didn’t affect mostly poor brown people. She blends memoir, science, and history here, and “masterfull­y juggles every element.”

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