Tell Me How It Ends

Tell Me How It Ends

An Essay in Forty Questions

Book - 2017
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"Structured around the forty questions Luiselli translates and asks undocumented Latin-American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends (an expansion of her 2016 Freeman's essay of the same name) humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction of the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants with the reality of racism and fear--both here and back home"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781566894951
1566894956
Branch Call Number: 305.23086 L953t 2017
Characteristics: 119 pages ; 20 cm

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Mexican writer Luiselli worked as a translator for the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, administering 40-question surveys to unaccompanied and undocumented minors who fled Central American the United States.


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uncommonreader
Mar 16, 2018

While herself waiting for a Green Card, Luiselli volunteers as an interpreter for children who have arrived in the US alone from Central America. There were 102,000 such children in the April 2014 to August 2015 period. She uses the structure of the 40 questions these children are asked as part of the screening process. This essay addresses the fact that the US had a major role in creating the situation in Central America that led to this exodus. Hopefully, Luiselli's activism will have an impact.

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Mooseum
Feb 11, 2018

This is an important book about what is happening in America right now. Luiselli is showing herself to be a magnanimous writer. Her writing is clear and concise. She is doing what she can to point up how Americans and non-Americans live in this country. It is often not a very nice story, but it is necessary to understand what our responsibilities as Americans are.

"And once you're here, you're ready to give everything, or almost everything, to stay and play a part in the great theater of belonging. In the United States, to stay is an end in itself and not a means: to stay is the founding myth of this society."

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mclarjh
Jul 22, 2017

A mediocre essay by a great novelist.

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