The Book of Unknown Americans - Pages 3 – 66 Summary & Analysis

Cristina Henríquez
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Page 3, Alma – Alma Rivera, her husband, Arturo, and their daughter, Maribel, catch a ride in a red pickup truck with a cigarette-smoking driver across the border, through some developed areas, and to an old auto body shop in Delaware, converted into the Redwood apartments. There, the Riveras unload their possessions in garbage bags and boxes, including a television they picked up on the side of the road. The driver explains that people throw away everything in the United States, even if those things are still good. The Riveras moved into an old, smelly apartment in the shop, and Alma promises to clean it in the morning. Alma wonders if Maribel understands that they have come to America from Patscuaro, Mexico, in search of a better life. They have little besides hope, and Alma hopes it will be enough. They know very little English.

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