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"At the intersection between Joy and American Street, Haitian immigrant Fabiola joins her cousins and aunt in Detroit while her mom waits in immigration detention. Trying to make sense of her new life, she finds herself caught between culture and change, between loyalty and love, between her past and her future. Balancing conflicting, shifting truths, Fabiola is soon faced with choices she never expected. Filled with characters you won't soon forget, this is a powerhouse debut from a dynamic new talent! "— Meghan G.
A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews
American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys.
In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie--a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola's mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit's west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?