The Book of Unknown Americans

The Book of Unknown Americans

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780804191456
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (09 hr., 12 min.)) : digital

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ArapahoeMarina Feb 13, 2017

"Heartbreaking" perfectly describes this book. In the audiobook version, the voice actors superbly convey the whole range of joy, despair, longing, hope, and grief that the characters experience, leaving me, at least, in tears on more than one occasion... A story that cuts to the bone, tender and merciless at once.


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