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American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

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  • Paperback
  • National Book Award Finalist
  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • ALA Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 (Top of the List winner)
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • Kirkus Best Book of the Year
  • BookPage Best YA Book of the Year


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?

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