American for Beginners (Franqui) - Book Reviews

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[A] satisfying, heartfelt novel about three strangers whose lives are altered on a trip across the U.S.…Franqui adroitly balances all the characters, making them distinct and refreshing. Readers will be taken by this emotionally rewarding novel.
Publishers Weekly

[A] tender, funny, wrenching, beautifully executed tale of three lost souls who traverse the chasms of cultural, generational, and geographical divides to forge some bonds strong and true enough to withstand life's gut punches.  —Beth Andersen, formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI
Library Journal

Franqui deftly juggles her characters’ competing perspectives, mining small moments in the narrative for larger insights into cultural and personal differences.… This is a humorous and heartfelt excursion into the promise that America represents, to both natives and immigrants.

[T]he book is occasionally charming and occasionally engaging; despite everything, you'll want to find out what happens in the end.Clichés and overexplaining get in the way of the humor and genuine sentiment that this novel strains toward.
Kirkus Reviews

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