Enrique's Journey

Enrique's Journey

Book - 2014 | Revised and updated, Random House trade paperback edition
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"Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography... Enrique's Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014
Edition: Revised and updated, Random House trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780812971781
Call Number: 304.873 N335e 2014
Characteristics: xxv, 359 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map, portraits ; 21 cm


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This title follows the journey of a Honduran teen who braved hardship and peril to reunite with his mother after she was forced to leave him behind and seek work in the United States.

After 11 years of waiting for his mother to return from America, Enrique undertakes the long and perilous journey to find her, somewhere in North Carolina.

Documents the journey of a Honduran teen who braved hardship and peril to reunite with his mother after she was forced to leave him behind and seek migratory work in the United States.

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Apr 20, 2020

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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.

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.

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.

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 ?

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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