Book of Unknown Americans Discussion at the Columbus Library


Feb 13, 2018, 7:00 pm

Join us at the Columbus Library to discuss The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, the 2018 United We Read Book for Salt Lake County.

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 Panamá 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

Peopled with deeply sympathetic characters, this poignant yet unsentimental tale of young love tells a riveting story of unflinching honesty and humanity that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be an American. An instant classic is born.

United We Read SLC is a reading initiative that encourages everyone in the County to connect by reading the same book and by sharing their experience with others. United We Read SLC partners include:

Murray Library
Salt Lake City Public Library
Salt Lake County Library
Utah Humanities

In addition to uniting community members through reading, everyone is invited to participate in community discussions, programs, and events taking place at libraries and other locations across the valley. We also invite you to share the book and your experience with others on social media.

Columbus Library

5350 S 4220 W
Salt Lake City , UT 84118-4314
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