* 1/2 The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez


The Book of Unknown Americans stars several families from Central and South America, some legal and some illegal, living in Delaware. The book struck me as contrived, with its carefully chosen cast from various countries, facing different political, economic, and personal challenges, all pulling together in the bleak American North, all brave and hard-working. It felt to me that the book was written for well-meaning school administrators to assign to high school students so they can check out the diversity box on the reading list.

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