On Sale: June 3, 2014
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A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes
collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a
resonant new definition of what it means to be American.
Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in
Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter,
Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on
whether she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they
have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single
dream: that in this country of great opportunity and
resources, Maribel can get better.
When Mayor Toro, whose family is from Panama, sees Maribel
in a Dollar Tree store, it is love at first sight. It’s also
the beginning of a friendship between the Rivera and Toro
families, whose web of guilt and love and responsibility is
at this novel’s core.
Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and
women who have come to the United States from all over Latin
America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you,
surprise you, and break your heart.
Suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity,
The Book of Unknown Americans is a work of rare force and
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