Benjamin Alire Saenz was born in and grew up in New Mexico with six siblings-him being the middle child, he left home after graduating from high school to study in Belgium. Throughout his life, Mr. Saenz was a priest before exploring a career as a writer. Mr. Saenz has written numerous coming of age novels that has garnered many awards but he is distinctly know for Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe as it is a critically acclaimed novel with numerous of prestigious acknowledgements. Numerous of his pieces of works revolve around Latino culture and its influence in contemporary life. Benjamin Alire Saenz brings representation to Latinos in his novels along with other underrepresented minorities.
Publication date-March 7,2017 by H.M Harcourt. Genre-Coming of age fiction.
The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz follows Salvador “Sally/Salvie” Silva and his journey through his senior year of high school alongside his best friend Samantha “Sammy” Diaz and Adam “Fito” Fresquez. Salvador struggles with identity issues throughout the novel specifically with his sudden urges to fight which is highlighted as one of the primary conflicts in the book along with the fact that he was adopted by Vicente Silva. Salvador is constantly worrying about change, change in him, in his family, his friends and dealing with this change. Salvador has faced tragedy early on in his life with the death of his mother along with his paternal grandfather and in the beginning of the book when it is revealed that his grandma, Mima is facing death because of recurrent cancer. Once again turning Salvador’s life into disarray. Salvador’s friends help him confront this impending issue with humor and realism when they compare their dysfunctional families to Salvador’s ideal family. Readers get to see the different type of families through the main characters, getting insight on the dynamic of family life.