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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
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.
We’re proud to partner with Salt Lake County Library Services, The Salt Lake City Library, and The Murray Library for United We Read SLC, an initiative for everyone in Salt Lake County to connect by reading the same book and sharing their experiences with one another. We’ll be hosting a special book discussion group to talk about this year’s selection, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez Wednesday evening, March 7th, at 7:00 p.m.. This event is free and open to the public.