One Book, One Flossmoor is a virtual reading campaign in which we invite the community to come together around one selected book to share the reading experience, conversations and discussions surrounding the shared story. Call the Flossmoor Public Library (708-798-3600) to borrow a copy or purchase at Bookie’s in Homewood or on Amazon.com. Sign up for our club here!
For our fall virtual book club, the Village of Flossmoor, in partnership with the Flossmoor Public Library, has selected The Book of Unknown Americans, a novel by Cristina Henríquez.
Henríquez is an American author best known for The Book of Unknown Americans, an extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.
Woven into the main story are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart.
Henríquez is also none for her other works Come Together, Fall Apart a collection of eight short stories and a novella; her debut novel The World in Half a young woman from Chicago who takes a trip to Panama to pursue family ties there.
The Book of Unknown Americans was published in 2014 and was named the 2014 novel of the year by The Daily Beast.
“A triumph of storytelling. Henríquez pulls us into the lives of her characters with such mastery that we hang on to them just as fiercely as they hang on to one another and their dreams. This passionate, powerful novel will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.” —Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
“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." – Good Reads
According to Amazon, The Book of Unknown Americans is suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity, The Book of Unknown Americans is a work of rare force and originality.
Virtual Book Club via Zoom on October 1
Our kickoff date for the fall One Book, One Flossmoor is October 1. Start reading now and then join our book discussion at 6 p.m. on November 18, even if you haven’t completed the book! Details for the Zoom call will be posted prior to the event.