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The Book of Unknown Americans

December 15, 2014 - 4:25pm -- egraves
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Cristina Henríquez
"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." - from Goodreads

A powerful story about the dreams and sacrifices of immigrants, finding both belonging and disappointment. Residents of a dingy apartment complex share the myriad reasons for ending up in Delaware, from Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Nicaraugua, Guatemala, Venezuela, and Paraguay, overlaid by a teen romance with the gravity of John Green's Looking for Alaska and some of the themes of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz.

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