READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY A younger poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the USA on the age of 9 on this transferring, page-turning memoir hailed as “the mythic journey of our period” (Sandra Cisneros)“A brand new landmark within the literature of migration, and in nonfiction writ massive.”—Francisco Cantú, writer of The Line Turns into a River Journey. My mother and father began utilizing that phrase a couple of yr in the past—“in the future, you’ll make a journey to be with us. Like an journey.” Javier Zamora’s journey is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small city in El Salvador, by Guatemala and Mexico, and throughout the U.S. border. He’ll depart behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mom who left 4 years in the past and a father he barely remembers. Touring alone amid a gaggle of strangers and a “coyote” employed to make them security, Javier expects his journey to final two brief weeks. At 9 years outdated, all Javier can think about is dashing into his mother and father’ arms, snuggling in mattress between them, and residing below the identical roof once more. He can not foresee the perilous boat journeys, relentless desert treks, pointed weapons, arrests and deceptions that await him; nor can he know that these two weeks will develop into two life-altering months alongside fellow migrants who will come to encircle him like an sudden household. A memoir as gripping as it’s transferring, Solito supplies an instantaneous and intimate account not solely of a treacherous and near-impossible journey, but additionally of the miraculous kindness and love delivered on the most sudden moments. Solito is Javier Zamora’s story, but it surely’s additionally the story of hundreds of thousands of others who had no selection however to depart residence.
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