"Norte is a rare book because it's about immigrants and heavily focused on the act of immigration, but neither of the immigrant characters are held up as models. . . . This tangled, daring novel isn't just about violence–it's about roaming, missing home, and trying to find a place in the world. . . . Paz Soldán is part of a new breed of writers from Latin America: fascinated by America, aware of its contradictions, concerned with the role of immigrants in our society, but not willing to go over the same well-trod narrative ground. Norte isn't your typical immigrant story, but that's what makes it all the more powerful."–Richard Z. Santos "Kirkus Reviews"