The Taste of Sugar

A heart-wrenching novel set in Puerto Rico
on the eve of the Spanish-American War.
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meet the author

Marisel Vera is a Chicago writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. Through her work, Vera explores the particular burdens that Puerto Ricans, on the island and in the diaspora, carry as colonial subjects of the most powerful country in the world.


Her latest novel, The Taste of Sugar (Liveright Publishing, June 2020), is a tale of love and endurance on the eve of the Spanish-American War, told through two Puerto Rican families. Vera is also the author of If I Bring You Roses (Grand Central), a story about a Puerto Rican couple who move to the United States during 1950s’ Operation Bootstrap to chase the American Dream in Chicago’s factories. 


Vera is currently at work on a novel about four Puerto Rican girls growing up in 1970’s Chicago, The Girls from Humboldt Park (working title). 

My Books

A Taste of Sugar

If I Bring You Roses


Books & Books and Miami Book Fair presents:

Marisel Vera in Conversation with Tayari Jones Discussing 'The Taste of Sugar' 



Literary Agent:
Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises
607 Foothill Blvd #1061
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91012


Cordelia Z. Calvert

Associate Director of Publicity

Liveright Publishing Corporation

500 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10110

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