The busybody of Redwood, Quisqueya is a flamboyant and beloved figure in the community who lives for drama. She immigrated to the United States from Venezuela at the age of twelve when her mother fell in love with an American man from California. Quisqueya and her mother moved in with him and his son, but Quisqueya’s stepbrother abused her and she left home for a shelter after her mother refused to believe her. Quisqueya is divorced and receives a monthly settlement which allows her to remain financially secure, and she volunteers at the local hospital twice weekly. Quisqueya does not want any of her neighbors to know the truth of her past, and maintains that though her life story is not a “wonderful” one, at least it is hers.
Quisqueya Solis Quotes in The Book of Unknown Americans
The The Book of Unknown Americans quotes below are all either spoken by Quisqueya Solis or refer to Quisqueya Solis. 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: 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 12: Quisqueya Solís Quotes
I missed my mother, but the truth was that I had missed her even when we were together, so it was nothing new.
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Quisqueya Solis Character Timeline in The Book of Unknown Americans
The timeline below shows where the character Quisqueya Solis appears in The Book of Unknown Americans. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Mayor
Chapter 7: Alma
Chapter 8: Mayor
Chapter 12: Quisqueya Solís
Chapter 17: Mayor
...occurred and that he is a “good boy.” Another afternoon, Mayor arrives home to find Quisqueya visiting with his mother—Quisqueya teasingly asks about Mayor’s involvement with Maribel. Mayor grows defensive and... (full context)
Chapter 19: Alma
Chapter 26: Mayor