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Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions

Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions
 

A searing, enlightening polemic about the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children arriving in the US without papers `It is not even the American dream they pursue, but rather a more modest aspiration: to wake up from the nightmare into which they ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780008271923
Barcode 9780008271923
Published 18 October 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Luiselli, Valeria
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ISBN-13 9780008271923
ISBN-10 0008271925
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd
Publication Date 18 October 2017
International Publication Date 5 October 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Luiselli, Valeria
Category Award Winning
Immigration & Emigration
Political Geography
Number of Pages 128
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 130g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Geography
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 304.873072
Catalogue Code 878218

Description of this Book

A searing, enlightening polemic about the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children arriving in the US without papers `It is not even the American dream they pursue, but rather a more modest aspiration: to wake up from the nightmare into which they were born.' Why did you come to the USA? When a child migrant arrives in the US all alone, this is the first question he or she will be asked. It's the beginning of an official interview of forty questions used by the federal immigration court in New York City where Valeria Luiselli works as a volunteer interpreter for the tens of thousands of children from Mexico and Central America being detained at the US border. But nothing is ever that simple. The children's stories are always shuffled, stuttered, always shattered beyond the repair of a narrative order. The problem with trying to tell their story is that it has no beginning, no middle, and no end ... `The first must-read book of the Trump era' Texas Observer `A remarkable little work that says more than books ten times its size' GQ `With anger and lucidity, Luiselli depicts the nightmares these children are forced to flee in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as the destructive ignorance and bigotry that awaits them in America' Chicago Tribune `Harrowing, intimate, quietly brilliant' New York Times `Luiselli takes us inside the grand dream of migration, offering the valuable reminder that exceedingly few immigrants abandon their past and brave death to come to America for dark or nasty reasons. They come as an expression of hope' NPR

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Kirkus Prize 2017 Finalist
NZ Review `The first must-read book of the Trump era' Texas Observer `Harrowing, intimate, quietly brilliant' New York Times `The kind of reading experience that rips your heart out. This is required reading' Vol. 1 Brooklyn `A remarkable little work that says more than books ten times its size' GQ `With anger and lucidity, Luiselli depicts the nightmares these children are forced to flee in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as the destructive ignorance and bigotry that awaits them in America' Chicago Tribune `Combines the skills of a journalist with a novelist's empathy' Times Literary Supplement `Luiselli takes us inside the grand dream of migration, offering the valuable reminder that exceedingly few immigrants abandon their past and brave death to come to America for dark or nasty reasons. They come as an expression of hope' NPR `This book shoves aside over-intellectualization of border and immigration policy and reminds us of the damn hard and harrowing realities of the children who come into the US from Central America and Mexico every day, what they faced in the cities they left and what they face when they get here. Luiselli is a sharp, searing writer. Be prepared to cry. Read it, read it, read it and then share it' Texas Book Festival `The very least we can all do is hear these stories. Read this book' Proximity Magazine

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Author's Bio

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983. She is the author of the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth, and of a collection of essays called Sidewalks. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers such as Letras Libres, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Freeman's, El Pais and Harper's and she is published in fifteen languages. She is currently professor of Romance Language and Literature at Hofstra University and lives in New York City.

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