Editor and Translator of Kill the Ampaya! Writes about the Formation of the Book and Baseball in Latin America in LA Review of Books

"This was one of my first indications of how much — not just for Cuba but for all the países peloteros, all the baseball-playing Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean rim — the sport of pitcher and catcher, diamond and outfield, fielder and baserunner is perceived as an integral part of their cultures, a piece of what makes their people who they are. Whatever they share with that far-off Chilean, baseball is a part of what makes them distinct. The fact that their national sport happens to have evolved in the northern neighbor is almost an afterthought. I doubt that it was in the mind of that grandstand orator in 1992 at all. Though the word béisbol was imported along with the game, in common speech in Cuba and the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico the game is always la pelota, which is simply the Spanish word for ball."

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Henry Allen Talks Family Stories, Memories, and Inspiration for His Book "Where We Lived"

"It was all an accident. I’d long wanted to write about my father in the hackneyed hopes of redeeming his failures and celebrating his successes. This is not so much an ambition as it is a condition of manhood as the years wear on. But I couldn’t figure out how to make it work as a piece of writing. I grew desperate thinking that I was in the last quarter of my life and when I died, so many realities would die with me, unknown to my three children, and their children. Then I saw how to do it -- write about the house he grew up in, the site of a family triumph they thought would never end, a home place, a family seat."

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"Henry Allen is a Rhetorical Barnstormer" Writes Jack Greer in His Review of Where We Lived

"In a short space Where We Lived puts on display what Henry Allen does best, not just chronicling American life, but lifting the curtain, putting his finger on the pulse, nailing it. Allen has the reader nodding, thinking yes, that’s it, that’s the way it was." Jack Greer says in a Goodreads review. "In this touching remembrance, while we watch the inner machinations of an American family, we glimpse a portrait of the artist as a young boy, as an emerging man, as a seasoned talent. And as always with Henry Allen, the journey is entertaining, jarring, and insightful all along the way." Read Full Review Here.