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The Book of Unknown Americans - A Novel

Cristina Henríquez

"A triumph of storytelling. Henríquez pulls us into the lives of her characters with such mastery that we hang on to them just as fiercely as they hang on to one another and their dreams. This passionate, powerful novel will stay with you long after you've turned the final page." -Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 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 originality. Read by Yareli Arizmendi, Christine Avila, Jesse Corti, Gustavo Res, Ozzie Rodriguez, and Gabriel Romero

"A triumph of storytelling. Henríquez pulls us into the lives of her characters with such mastery that we hang on to them just as fiercely as they hang on to one another and their dreams. This passionate, powerful novel will stay with you long after you've turned the final page." -Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 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 originality. Read by Yareli Arizmendi, Christine Avila, Jesse Corti, Gustavo Res, Ozzie Rodriguez, and Gabriel Romero
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

"A triumph of storytelling. Henríquez pulls us into the lives of her characters with such mastery that we hang on to them just as fiercely as they hang on to one another and their dreams. This passionate, powerful novel will stay with you long after you've turned the final page." -Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 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 originality. Read by Yareli Arizmendi, Christine Avila, Jesse Corti, Gustavo Res, Ozzie Rodriguez, and Gabriel Romero

Language:

English

Narrators:

Various

Length:

9h 12m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:54


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:08


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:10


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:21


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:15


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:57


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:13


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:29


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:53


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:58


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:13


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:17


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:03


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:03


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:55


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:52


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:19


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:00


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:52


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:50


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:29


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:53


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:04


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:14


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:44


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:54


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:35


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:10


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:27


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:25


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:51


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:00


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:39


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:57


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:31


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:04


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:22


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

00:30