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“The Book of Unknown Americans is less about the actual trek of its characters than about how they settle in, make do and figure things out. They talk to one another, give advice and lend a hand.”

—Ana Castillo, The New York Times


“With a simple, unadorned prose that, in the end, rises to the level of poetry, Henríquez achieves the seemingly impossible: Without a trace of sentimentality, without an iota of self-indulgence or dogma, she tells us about coming to America.”

—Marie Arana, The Washington Post

“Passages like this reward a bit of patience, and The Book of Unknown Americans is a welcome contribution to a broadening literary conversation about Latino experience—a contribution that features immigrants from all across the Américas, and all walks of life.”

—Ashley Hope Perez, Texas Observer