Book Launch: Ibi Zoboi’s “American Street”

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Tonight was the launch of Ibi Zoboi’s American Street (2017) which was just published by HarperCollins Publishers. Hosted by Haiti Cultural Exchange, the event was moderated by Wynnie Lamour, founder of the Haitian Creole Language Institute. American Street was available for sale during the event (which took place at 33 Lafayette, Brooklyn, New York. 

Kirkus Review: Fabiola Toussaint is a black immigrant girl whose life is flipped upside down when she moves to Detroit, Michigan, from her homeland of Haiti and her mother is detained by ICE, leaving her to go on alone.

Though Fabiola was born in the U.S., she has lived in Haiti since she was an infant, and that has now left her unprepared for life in America. In Detroit, she lives with her aunt Marjorie and her three thoroughly Americanized cousins, Chantal, Primadonna, and Princess. It’s not easy holding on to her heritage and identity in Detroit; Matant Jo fines Fabiola for speaking Creole (though even still “a bit of Haiti is peppered in her English words”), and the gritty streets of Detroit are very different from those of Port-au-Prince. Fabiola has her faith to help keep her grounded, which grows ever more important as she navigates her new school, American society, and a surprising romance—but especially when she is faced with a dangerous proposition that brings home to her the fact that freedom comes with a price. Fabiola’s perceptive, sensitive narration gives readers a keen, well-executed look into how the American dream can be a nightmare for so many. Filling her pages with magic, humanity, tragedy, and hope, Zoboi builds up, takes apart, and then rebuilds an unforgettable story.

This book will take root in readers’ hearts.

Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and immigrated to the U.S. when she was four years old. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she was a recipient of the Norma Fox Mazer Award. Her award-winning and Pushcart-nominated writing has been published in Haiti Noir, The Caribbean Writer, The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others.

Review source: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/ibi-zoboi/american-street/

For more information, see https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062473066/american-street

Also see http://ibizoboi.net/

 

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