Last Updated on May 11, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle
In What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jiménez, a Puerto Rican Staten Island family deals with the disappearance of thirteen-year-old Ruthy, and we see what happens when they discover she is potentially alive and on a reality TV show.
Today on the couch, I’m pleased to welcome author, Claire Jiménez. First, we talk about her debut novel, What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez; then, we get into her writing and reading life. Claire also shares reading tips and gives us book and bookstore recommendations, plus lots more.
BOOKS MENTIONED DURING THE SHOW
BOOKS READ, LOVED, AND WOULD NOW RECOMMEND
- Goosebumps by R.L. Stine (Amazon or Bookshop)
- Cream of Creature from the School Cafeteria by Mike Thaler (Amazon)
ON THE TBR STACK
ABOUT CLAIRE JIMÉNEZ
Claire Jiménez is a Puerto Rican writer who grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island. She is the author of the short story collection Staten Island Stories, which received the 2019 Hornblower Award for a first book from the New York Society Library and was named a finalist for the International Latino Book Awards, a New York Public Library Favorite Book about New York, and Best Latino Book of 2019 by NBC News. She received her MFA from Vanderbilt University and her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2020, she cofounded the Puerto Rican Literature Project, a digital archive. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Remezcla, AfroHispanic Review, PANK, The Rumpus, and Eater, among other publications. What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez is her debut novel.