Enrique's Journey

Enrique's Journey

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Based on the Los Angeles Times series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this is a timeless story of families torn apart. When Enrique was five, his mother, too poor to feed her children, left Honduras to work in the United States. The move allowed her to send money back home so Enrique could eat better and go to school past the third grade. She promised she would return quickly, but she struggled in America. Without her, he became lonely and troubled. After eleven years, he decided he would go find her. He set off alone, with little more than a slip of paper bearing his mother's North Carolina telephone number. Without money, he made the dangerous trek up the length of Mexico, clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains. He and other migrants, many of them children, are hunted like animals. To evade bandits and authorities, they must jump onto and off the moving boxcars they call the Train of Death. It is an epic journey, one thousands of children make each year to find their mothers in the United States.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2006.
ISBN: 9781400062058
1400062055
Characteristics: xxv, 291 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), map ;,25 cm.

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TheresaAJ
Mar 11, 2019

When Enrique was 5, his mother left Honduras and illegally entered the United States to earn money to finance a better life for her children. As the years passed, Enrique missed his mother so much that he tried and failed 7 times to enter the U.S. On his 8th try, he made it. In clear-eyed, uncompromising prose, Sonia Nazario, an immigrant herself, tells the harrowing story of what it takes to enter another country illegally. In Enrique's case, he had to avoid both Mexican and U.S. border patrols. Nazario also follows the story after Enrique finds his mother and their very rocky road to an eventual reconciliation. He was one of the lucky ones as she relates to her readers what often happens in these situations. Photos of Enrique and his family put a very human face on the illegal immigration debate. As the author notes at the end what would make mothers stay home --"Maria Isabel's mother, Eva, says simply, 'There would have to be jobs. Jobs that pay okay. That's all.' This book is the 2019 March selection of the Willa Cather Book Club.

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ranvapa
Mar 17, 2018

How heartbreaking for young families to be separated long-term, even if done for the best of intentions.

Emotionally difficult material: from dealing with the separation of family to the horrors awaiting migrants during their journeys.

Of course, I had heard about migration of children from Central America, but reading about the details of one child's life and journey was truly eye-opening.

Everyone should get some exposure to this book: at a minimum, it forces us to count our blessings. Hopefully, it will inspire us to do more.

Journalistic writing style makes the book a quick read.

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jedgerton1
Nov 27, 2016

This is a very real depiction of the journey for many people. It is good book to start a discussion about immigration, migrant workers issues, and humanitarian issues specifically surrounding children. It shows that the effort to come to United States is not an "easy criminal way out" of leaving a country like Honduras and many migrant children travel alone.

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szarnstorff
Sep 12, 2015

Wow! What is the solution to this terrible problem of migrants trying to come to the US to find their mothers or start a new life. How sad to read about all the lives lost from gangs, train rides, no food etc. It helps you understand the problem better. Excellent book. Inspiring. What determination they have!

jayla555 Jun 13, 2014

is this book available in audio
form ?

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lavonne
Aug 16, 2010

Begin with reading the documentation of events - it will cause you to value Nazario's efforts.

Essential to discussions on immigration.

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Dec 26, 2018

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Mar 17, 2018

ranvapa thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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