The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

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Summary

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, as can be inferred from the title, details the lives of several people living in the United States from their unique perspectives. Specifically, all of the speakers are Hispanic, and therefore they chronicle multiple stories and cultures in a singular novel.

Although the novel does vary in point of view, the central plot revolves around the Rivera family and their experiences transitioning into life in the United States when they move from Mexico to try to provide a better special-education setting for their daughter, Maribel, who suffers from a traumatic brain injury. The adjustment proves very difficult for them, and some of the only hope they experience is found in developing...

(The entire section is 246 words.)