Press

"With both timeless poignancy and heartbreaking relevance, The Grief Keeper is a stunning exploration of how we love, how pain lives in us, and how we survive. Alexandra Villasante’s gift for writing the deepest emotional truths resonates through every page."
—Anna-Marie McLemore, author of Wild Beauty 
and Blanca & Roja


“The Grief Keeper begins with an original premise that is then propelled by complex characters and a story that asks deep questions about grief, class, race, sexual equality, and agency. Villasante is unflinching when touching on sensitive issues, allowing the reading to absorb their significance while following Marisol’s journey to freedom.”
—The Advocate


"Villasante's novel is for the reader who wants to get down and dirty with the emotional landscape, who wants a romance that is hard-earned and sweetly won. The Grief Keeper shows us trauma and grief without ever glorifying the pain or wallowing in the tragedy, creating a realistic yet still hopeful world seen through the gaze of an intelligent, curious protagonist.”

Shelf Awareness


 “In her debut, Villasante captures the pressures of internalized racism in immigrants…Will grip readers and provoke empathy.”

Kirkus Review


"Villasante’s engrossing debut about two Salvadoran sisters recently arrived in the U.S. opens with plenty of tension…[she] builds her novel about undocumented immigrants into a suspenseful story with credible relationships, satisfying character development, and elements of science fiction.” 

 —Publishers Weekly