The Far Away Brothers

The Far Away Brothers

Two Young Migrants and the Making of An American Life

eBook - 2017
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"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, Ernesto Flores had always had a fascination with the United States, the faraway land of skyscrapers and Nikes, while his identical twin, Raul, never felt that northbound tug. But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region's brutal gangs he is forced to flee the country, and Raul, because he looks just like his brother, follows close behind--away from one danger and toward the great American unknown. In this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration, journalist Lauren Markham follows the seventeen-year-old Flores twins as they make their harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, into the hands of immigration authorities, and from there to their estranged older brother's custody in Oakland, CA. Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating a new 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 life as American teenagers--girls, grades, Facebook--with only each other for support. With intimate access and breathtaking range, Markham offers a coming of age tale that is also a nuanced portrait of Central America's child exodus, an investigation of U.S. immigration policy, and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2017]
ISBN: 9781101906194
Branch Call Number: E184.S15 M37 2017x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file (xvi, 298 pages)

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Mar 27, 2018

This is a deeply urgent book about a family in El Salvador and twin brothers who migrate to the north to build new lives in California escaping the violent gangs. The twins go from innocent, loving young boys to teenagers and young men; they have grit and determination while enduring relentless frustration and emotional turbulence. This is a well-written and compelling read about contemporary migration.


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