The Book of Unknown Americans

by

Cristina Henríquez

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Micho Alvarez Character Analysis

An immigrant from México who lives in the Redwood Apartments. He is frustrated by the unfairness of the immigration progress and the stigma against immigrants and Latinos. He is an advocate for legislation reform for immigrants and a skilled photographer who highlights the hardships of the immigrant experience through his photographs. Micho usually has his camera with him and he documents his neighbors’ lives.

Micho Alvarez Quotes in The Book of Unknown Americans

The The Book of Unknown Americans quotes below are all either spoken by Micho Alvarez or refer to Micho Alvarez. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Unknown and The American Dream Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage Books edition of The Book of Unknown Americans published in 2014.
Chapter 24: Micho Alvarez Quotes

We’re the unknown Americans, the ones no one even wants to know, because they’ve been told they’re supposed to be scared of us and because maybe if they did take the time to get to know us, they might realize that we’re not that bad, maybe even that we’re a lot like them. And who would they hate then?

Related Characters: Micho Alvarez (speaker)
Page Number: 231
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Micho Alvarez Character Timeline in The Book of Unknown Americans

The timeline below shows where the character Micho Alvarez appears in The Book of Unknown Americans. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 24: Micho Alvarez
The Unknown and The American Dream Theme Icon
Longing Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Community Theme Icon
Futility, Chance, and Loss Theme Icon
Micho Alvarez, an immigrant from México, resents the racist attitudes toward Mexicans that he has encountered... (full context)
Chapter 26: Mayor
The Unknown and The American Dream Theme Icon
Longing Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Community Theme Icon
Futility, Chance, and Loss Theme Icon
Quisqueya and Nelia drop by, as do Micho, José, and Benny. Everyone pieces together what they have heard and eventually the story comes... (full context)
Chapter 27: Alma
Isolation vs. Community Theme Icon
...apartment building stop by to offer their condolences and small gifts—Gustavo Milhojas brings flowers, and Micho Alvarez brings a picture of Arturo that he took at the impromptu Christmas party at... (full context)