The Book of Unknown Americans
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez was part of the 2017 Illinois Reads event. It was on my list to read before the November event...and it just now made it to the top of the pile.
I wish I had read this sooner.
This book follows the lives of families who came to the United States to create a better future for themselves. We meet Alma and Arturo. Parents of a daughter who suffers a traumatic brain injury as a teenager and needs specialized schooling. We also meet Mayor, a young man who sees beyond Maribel's struggles to the amazing person beneath. There stories are interwoven with the other families who live in the same apartment complex. The book takes you through many facets of their lives, each family struggling with everyday problems that makes their story as relatable as the next.
Grab tissues for the ending. You'll need them.