Our Next Good Read: The Book of Unknown Americans

the book of unknown americansJoin us November 14 at Tractor from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book.  We are reading The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez.

Here’s a sneak peek into the book (from the publisher):

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 Panamà 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.

Be sure to get entered in our drawing for a free copy of the book!! All you have to do is comment on any blog post by November 7th!

We’ll also be raffling off a copy of December’s featured book, The Farming of BonesJoin us that evening to be entered!

We hope to see you on November 14!

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8 thoughts on “Our Next Good Read: The Book of Unknown Americans

  1. (Please don’t enter me in the drawing–I have a copy!) I loved this book (and the author was kind enough to do a Q&A on my blog)–what a fantastic choice for discussion!

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