ANN ARBOR / YPSILANTI READS AUTHOR CRISTINA HENRIQUEZ APPEARS AT TOWSLEY AUDITORIUM, ON THE CAMPUS OF WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Discussion of this Year's Reads Book - "The Book of Unknown Americans"
Cristina Henriquez will be signing at the end of her presentation
Writer Cristina Henriquez will discuss her work at a special appearance for the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Reads 2016. The public program will occur from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Doors will open at 6 pm to offer the opportunity to connect with community agencies and representatives who will be staffing information tables in the lobby. Copies of "The Book of Unknown Americans" will be for sale and the event will include a book signing.
Cristina Henríquez is also the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies.
The Book Of Unknown Americans centers on fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera, who sustains a terrible injury. Her family leaves behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risks everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved.
Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America.