The Book of Unknown Americans: A novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 3, 2014 - Fiction - 304 pages
"Illuminate[s] the lives behind the current debates about Latino immigration." —The New York Times Book Review

When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. Here Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. The Book of Unknown Americans is a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American. 

Named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, The Daily Beast's Novel of the Year, and a Mother Jones, Oprah.com, School Library Journal, and BookPage Best Book of the Year
 

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User Review  - CarrieWuj - LibraryThing

Should be required reading for all those trying to sort out the immigration issues in this country. While fictional, this book puts a human face and sympathetic spin on those who come to America. This ... Read full review

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"Back then, all we wanted was the simplest things" This first line grabbed me and took me on an unforgettable journey;one with an amazing, unexpected end. Love, family, hope & dreams all collide in this powerful novel. Read full review

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Mayor
Rafael Toro
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Benny Quinto
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Adolfo Fito Angelino
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Nelia Zafón
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Chapter 9 Gustavo Milhojas
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Quisqueya Solís
José Mercado
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Cristina Henríquez is the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies. She lives in Illinois.

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