The Book of Unkown Americans

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  • "Maribel was fourteen when the accident happened... My fault, I thought. My fault... I want to do what's best for her... And finally Arturo agreed, and the decision was made" we were going to leave Mexico and start a new life in America (97-107).
  • "Sometimes I went to the small church we had found, St. Thomas More Oratory... and sat alone in the empty sanctuary, reciting the same prayers over and over, imploring God to listen." (54).
  • "Please forgive me for all that I've done. Please give me the strength to fix it. Please let her get better. And please let Arturo forgive me, too." (54)
  • "The sound of angels: Maribel laughed... It was the first time in over a year that we had heard it. Just like her old laugh. Just like our old Maribel." (96) She was back to normal.
  • "It was what I had been wanting to hear the whole time." (284)
  • I'm fine.
  • Ever since I was a kid in Puerto Rico, I wanted to be a famous dancer. "I was going to be the next Rita Moreno. I was going to be a star." (175)
  • " You are only seventeen! You don't have any money!" (175)
  • "I put all my money toward dance classes and acting classes... I went to auditions when I heard about them ... I didn't get that role or any role after that. Not a single one." (176)
  • You didn't get the part!
  • "So I thought, well, if I'm not going to find it, then there's only one other option: I will create it... Now, 20 years later, I still run the Parish Theater." (177-178)
  • "You never know what life will bring... That's what keeps me going. The possibility. " (179)
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