Current Picks: Book Reviews
American Street by Ibi Zoboi (2017)
Fabiola and her mother are leaving Haiti and coming to live in Detroit. But when Fabiola's mother is detained in New Jersey, Fabiola is left to travel onward to her aunt and cousins's home.
I fell into the world that Ibi Zoboi created; blending an American city with Haitian Vodou. Where the average person might see a homeless man on the corner, Fabiola sees Papa Legba.
Fabiola's struggles immediately draw you into the story and when she is presented with an opportunity to help her mother by spying on her cousin's boyfriend, readers will feel for Fabiola.
It's been several months since I've listened to American Street, and I can hear Robin Miles's beautiful narration when I think of the story and the characters.
This Abe Lincoln nominee (PDF) will possibly break your heart (it did for me), and everyone should read it.