The Affairs of the Falcons and Experiences as a New Author
Jul 28, 2020 12:00 PM
Melissa Rivero, author
The Affairs of the Falcons and Experiences as a New Author

Join us for a conversation with Melissa Rivero who recently published her first novel -The Affiars of the Falcons. It tells the story of a young undocumented Peruvian woman fighting to keep her family afloat in New York City in the mid-1990's.

Recent praise for her book:

“Timely and beautifully rendered.... Rivero succeeds in drawing to light the challenges many new immigrants face.... A complex and compelling portrait of Latin American immigrants and the experience of undocumented families.” - Booklist

“A nuanced look at the human cost of immigration policy.... This is, obviously, a book that has a lot to say to our current moment, but it also has an emotional appeal that is timeless and universal. Thoughtful and eye-opening, this is an admirable debut.” - Kirkus Reviews


Melissa Rivero is the author of The Affairs of the Falcóns, which won the New American Voices Award and was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Brooklyn, she is a graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School. Melissa currently works as in-house legal counsel at a startup. She still lives in Brooklyn with her family.

For more information:

An interview with Melissa