The Book of Unknown Americans

by

Cristina Henríquez

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A Nicaraguan immigrant who once studied to join the priesthood, but eventually came to the U.S. to make money. He worked as a smuggler to get out of Arizona, where he was forced to live in horrible conditions with other immigrants until he could pay off the debt he incurred in his journey over the border. Unable to cope with the “wicked” drug scene in Baltimore, Benny bought a ticket to Delaware and settled in Redwood Apartments. Benny still leads prayer circles for his neighbors—and still supplies them with weed.
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Benny Quinto Character Timeline in The Book of Unknown Americans

The timeline below shows where the character Benny Quinto appears in The Book of Unknown Americans. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Benny Quinto
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Benny Quinto, an immigrant from Nicaragua, describes his journey to the Redwood Apartments. He has been... (full context)
Chapter 26: Mayor
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Quisqueya and Nelia drop by, as do Micho, José, and Benny. Everyone pieces together what they have heard and eventually the story comes out. When Arturo... (full context)