American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street

byIbi Zoboi

Paperback | May 1, 2018

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’The rock in the water does not know the pain of the rock in the sun.’—Haitian proverb

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 Westside; 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?

In her stunning debut, 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. Unflinching yet filled with joy, American Street is an evocative and powerful coming of age story.

About The Author

Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. American Street is her debut novel, which received five starred reviews. She now l...
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Title:American StreetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062473050

ISBN - 13:9780062473059

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“Self-assured, elegant and utterly captivating.”