“IF I BRING YOU ROSES is a stunning novel of love and longing between deeply affecting characters who struggle for intimacy despite the constraints of their time and milieu.  Marisel Vera immerses readers in mid-twentieth century Puerto Rico and then Chicago with the same eloquent ease that she draws us into the richness of her characters’ lives.  This is a moving story, an amazing debut by a gifted author, and a book to keep for reading again and again.”
— Lorraine M. López, PEN/Faulkner finalist for Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories


After a childhood of deprivation and heartbreak in 1940s Puerto Rico, Felicidad Hildago believes herself unloved and forgotten—even by God. Then one afternoon she meets Aníbal Acevedo. Aníbal, visiting his family on the island, is not in need of a wife, but how can an ordinary man resist a beautiful woman in distress? Soon, they are married and living in 1952 Chicago. Yet, If I Bring You Roses is more than a love story, it is also a story about how class and ethnic discrimination impact relationships between men and women. The reader is immersed in the Puerto Rican culture both on the island and in the Chicago neighborhood where Felicidad moves to be with Anibal. The two young people must learn to navigate not only the cold, unknown terrain of Chicago but a frighteningly unfamiliar and constantly changing future.

If I Bring You Roses

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Actors Alyssa Vera Ramos (the author’s daughter) and

Alex Tey perform a dramatic reading of Chapter 24:

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If I Bring You Roses was a Las Comadres Book Club pick.

Read “Two Latinas Talking Immigration: An Interview with Marisel Vera” on Thenervousbreakdown.com. PEN/Faulkner Finalist Lorraine M. Lopez interviews Marisel Vera. Click HERE to check it out.