Afro-Puerto Ricans encompass a dual heritage that provides a rich and unique cultural perspective. “Now We Will Be Happy” (University of Nebraska Press, $16.95) is a prize-winning collection of stories about Afro-Puerto Ricans, U.S. mainland-born Puerto Ricans and displaced native Puerto Ricans who are living between spaces while attempting to navigate the unique culture that defines Puerto Rican identity. Amina Gautier’s characters deal with the difficulties of bi-cultural identities in a world that wants them to choose only one. It is a perspective the author knows well: Gautier was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y and is of African-American and Puerto Rican heritage.
The characters in “Now We Will Be Happy” are as unpredictable as they are human.