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November 5, 2020 at 6:13 pm #2283Alyssa HawkinsGuest
The Book of Unknown Americans
by Cristina Henriquez
- Author: Cristina Henriquez
- Publisher: Knopf
- Release date: June 3, 2014
- Places: Delaware
- Characters: Arturo, Mayor, Maribel
- Awards: Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Fiction (2015), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2014)
- Genres: fiction, contemporary, adult, romance, novels
- ISBN: 9780385350846 (0385350848)
- Format: hardcover, 286 pages
- Language: english
About The Book
A dazzling, heartbreaking page-turner destined for breakout status: a novel that gives voice to millions of Americans as it tells the story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl: teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own.
After their daughter Maribel suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras leave México and come to America. But upon settling at Redwood Apartments, a two-story cinderblock complex just off a highway in Delaware, they discover that Maribel’s recovery — the piece of the American Dream on which they’ve pinned all their hopes — will not be easy. Every task seems to confront them with language, racial, and cultural obstacles.
At Redwood also lives Mayor Toro, a high school sophomore whose family arrived from Panamá fifteen years ago. Mayor sees in Maribel something others do not: that beyond her lovely face, and beneath the damage she’s sustained, is a gentle, funny, and wise spirit. But as the two grow closer, violence casts a shadow over all their futures in America.
Peopled with deeply sympathetic characters, this poignant yet unsentimental tale of young love tells a riveting story of unflinching honesty and humanity that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be an American. An instant classic is born.
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