Join SURJ Marin facilitators to discuss The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez.
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.
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.
This workshop is intended primarily for the education of white people. We welcome all who want to help move white people along in the movement for racial justice. This event will not be recorded.
You can get this book at your local library, or if purchasing, we recommend a local bookseller such as https://www.bookpassage.com/ or online at https://ashaybythebay.com/ in support of a Black-owned bookstore.