A local bully who views Mayor Toro as his “special project.” Garrett skateboards around town between Redwood Apartments and his own community, Capitol Oaks, looking for trouble and harassing Mayor and eventually Maribel. When Alma sees Garrett harassing Maribel—he has her pushed up against the wall, and her shirt is up over her bra—she tells no one of the incident and instead tracks Garrett down herself to warn him to stay away. Alma’s secrecy about her encounters with Garrett ultimately leads to devastating consequences when a misunderstanding results in Arturo confronting the Miller family—who have a dangerous reputation in town—and being shot dead. Garrett is a bully, but he is also the recipient of unfair treatment at the hands of his volatile family.
Garrett Miller Character Timeline in The Book of Unknown Americans
The timeline below shows where the character Garrett Miller appears in The Book of Unknown Americans. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Mayor
Chapter 4: Alma
Chapter 8: Mayor
Chapter 13: Alma
Chapter 14: Mayor
Chapter 16: Alma
...she is interested in. Since there is no crime, and since Alma did not witness Garrett lifting Maribel’s shirt or otherwise assaulting her, there is nothing the officer can—or will—do. Alma... (full context)
...the English words for “leave” and “alone,” and practices the phrase as the bus nears Garrett’s neighborhood. When the bus drops her off, Alma wanders the neighborhood for upwards of ten... (full context)
Chapter 19: Alma
...shoes. There is a large crowd at the marsh, and Alma briefly thinks she sees Garrett—in the confusion, she loses sight of Maribel and becomes distressed. Arturo notices, and again asks... (full context)
Chapter 25: Alma
Chapter 26: Mayor
Chapter 27: Alma