American Street

By Ibi Zoboi
Read by Robin Miles

8.58 Hours 02/14/2017 unabridged
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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 US 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 must learn 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.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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 US 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 must learn 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Robin Miles glides silkily through Haitian Creole, Detroit street talk, and standard American English, infusing the dialogue with authentic-sounding accents and age-appropriate sass and bravado…Miles illuminates Fabiola’s tangled emotions…infusing her near-flawless performance with nuanced drama. Listeners will long remember Fabiola’s transformative journey. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Self-assured, elegant and utterly captivating.” New York Times
“Zoboi urges us to examine the American dream to see if there is room within it to hold the ones we love.” Ebony
“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.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A breathtaking story about contemporary America that will serve as a mirror to some and a window for others, and it will stay with anyone who reads it.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Zoboi’s stunning debut intertwines mysticism and love with grit and violence…Fierce and beautiful.” Booklist (starred review)
“Brimming with culture, magic, warmth, and unabashed rawness, American Street is ultimately a blistering tale of humanity…a remarkable debut from Zoboi.” Jason Reynolds, coauthor of All American Boys
“A lovely and poignant meditation on one girl’s struggle to find her way in a new world.” Nicola Yoon, New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi is a Pushcart-nominated author who was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her writing has been published in the New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book magazine, and the Rumpus, among other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.58
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English