Friday, March 31, 2017

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Librarian M has a review of American Street from the author, Ibi Zoboi, who was a wonderful speaker at our recent NoVA Teen Book Festival.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

While traveling to the United States from Haiti, Fabiola gets separated from her mother at the US immigration check point in New York. She was born in the US, but her mother is not a citizen so Fabiola continues on to Detroit while her mother is put in a detention center. In Detroit, she is met by family and immediately thrown into American life. It is all very disorienting, but Fabiola is determined to make the best of it and try to find a way for her mother to come join her.

As Fabiola starts to figure her way through life in Detroit, she still practices Vodou to remember her ties to both Haiti and her mother. Some bad things happen to her, but one gets the impression that she is going to be okay and excel in spite of obstacles in her way. This is a very good American story told through the eyes of an immigrant—I am looking forward to whatever Zoboi has in store for us in her next novel!

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