Chicago's Marisel Vera explores Puerto Rico's history in new novel, 'The Taste of Sugar'

CHICAGO — Marisel Vera always knew she was a writer. Growing up in Humboldt Park, the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants said before she was a writer, she was a reader who didn’t feel represented in books.“I never saw myself in books,” she said. “So although I knew that I was a writer, I never ever thought I could be a novelist, because I never saw that any Puerto Rican had written a novel in the English language, until I was much, much older. And when I saw a couple books like that, the people were from New York, so not my experience at all.”Her latest novel, “The Taste of Sugar,” follows ne…

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