The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life
The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California--fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong. Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war, the United States was a distant fantasy to identical twins Ernesto and Raul Flores--until, at age seventeen, a deadly threat from the region's brutal gangs forces them to flee the only home they've ever known. In this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration, journalist Lauren Markham follows the Flores twins as they make their way across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, into the hands of immigration authorities, and from there to their estranged older brother in Oakland, CA. Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating school in a new language, working to pay down their mounting coyote debt, and facing their day in immigration court, while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of teenage life with only each other for support. With intimate access and breathtaking range, Markham offers an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW - WINNER OF THE RIDENHOUR BOOK PRIZE - FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE - FINALIST FOR THE CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD - SHORTLISTED FOR THE J. ANTHONY LUKAS BOOK PRIZE - LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY
"This brilliantly reported book goes so deeply into the lives of its protagonists and is so beautifully, movingly written it has some of the pleasures of a novel--but all the force of bitter truth, the truth about the lives of unaccompanied minors in the USA, about poverty, the ricocheting wars here and there, and the caprices and brutalities of immigration policy. Anyone who wants to understand more deeply how we got here and why we need to keep going until we get someplace better should dive into this book.--Rebecca Solnit, author of The Mother of All Questions "The most moving revelation of this book comes not from the geo-political lessons we learn, the path of the brothers through the desert, or the obstacles they face in U.S. courts--rather, it's the insight into how that journey affects them, plaguing them with anxiety and guilt but also inspiring hope, ambition, and responsibility. From a lesser writer this would be a simple migration story, but thanks to Markham's relentless reporting and care, it becomes a deeply relatable tale of human transformation--messy, stumbling, and bursting with optimism."--Laura Tillman, author of The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts "Once you've read this remarkable reporting, 'immigration' will never be an abstract or airless debate for you again. It's hard to imagine a more timely or more valuable volume." --Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont
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