By Sonia Nazario
An brilliant tale that places a human face at the ongoing debate approximately immigration reform within the usa, now up to date with a brand new Epilogue and Afterword, pictures of Enrique and his kin, an writer interview, and more—the definitive version of a vintage of up to date America
according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper sequence that received Pulitzer Prizes, one for function writing and one other for function images, this page-turner concerning the strength of relations is a well-liked textual content in study rooms and a touchstone for groups around the nation to have interaction in significant discussions approximately this crucial American subject.
Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy searching for his mom, 11 years after she is pressured to depart her ravenous relations to discover paintings within the usa. Braving unbelievable peril, usually clinging to the perimeters and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels via antagonistic worlds filled with thugs, bandits, and corrupt police officers. yet he pushes ahead, counting on his wit, braveness, wish, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. while you are going to learn just one nonfiction booklet this yr, it should be this one.”
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“Magnificent . . . Enrique’s Journey is ready love. It’s approximately kinfolk. It’s approximately home.”—The Washington submit ebook World
“[A] searing file from the immigration frontlines . . . as harrowing because it is heartbreaking.”—People (four stars)
“Stunning . . . As an event narrative by myself, Enrique’s Journey is a invaluable learn. . . . Nazario’s outstanding piece of reporting [turns] the present immigration controversy from a political tale right into a own one.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Gripping and harrowing . . . a narrative begging to be told.”—The Christian technological know-how Monitor
“[A] prodigious feat of reporting . . . [Sonia Nazario is] amazingly thorough and intrepid.”—Newsday
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Either have attempted to journey freight trains to el Norte. One is called El Gato, the Cat. He talks approximately migra brokers taking pictures over his head and the way effortless it really is to be robbed by way of bandits. In Enrique’s marijuana haze, educate using seems like an event. He and José unravel to attempt it quickly. a few nights, at ten or so, they climb a steep, winding route to the pinnacle of one other hill. Hidden beside a wall scrawled with graffiti, they inhale glue past due into the evening. at some point María Isabel turns a road nook and bumps into him. She is crushed. He smells like an open can of paint. “What’s that? ” she asks, reeling clear of the fumes. “Are you on medicinal drugs? ” “No! ” Enrique says. Many sniffers overtly hold their glue in child foodstuff jars. They pop the lids and press their mouths to the small openings. Enrique attempts to conceal his behavior. He dabs a little glue right into a plastic bag and stuffs it right into a pocket. on my own, he opens the tip over his mouth and inhales, urgent the ground of the bag towards his face, pushing the fumes into his lungs. Belky, Enrique’s sister, notices cloudy yellow fingerprints on María Isabel’s denims: glue, a remnant of Enrique’s embody. María Isabel sees him swap. His mouth is sweaty and sticky. he's jumpy and fearful. His eyes develop crimson. occasionally they're glassy, part closed. different instances he appears to be like under the influence of alcohol. If she asks a query, the reaction is not on time. His mood is fast. On a excessive, he grows quiet, sleepy, and far-off. whilst he comes down, he turns into hysterical and insulting. Drogo, one in every of his aunts calls him. Drug addict. Enrique stares silently. “No one knows me,” he tells Belky while she attempts to maintain him from going out. His grandmother issues to a neighbor with light, scaly dermis who has sniffed glue for a decade. the fellow can now not get up. He drags himself backward at the flooring, utilizing his forearms. “Look! That’s how you’re going to finish up,” his grandmother tells Enrique. Enrique fears that he'll turn into just like the hundreds of thousands of glue-sniffing young children he sees downtown. a few sleep by way of trash containers. A gray-bearded priest brings them candy hot milk. He ladles it out of a red bucket into great bowls. On a few days, dozen of them line up at the back of his van. Many glance part asleep. a few can slightly stand. The acrid odor of the glue fills the air. They shuffle ahead on blackened ft, sliding the lids off their glue jars to inhale. Then they pull the steaming bowls as much as their filthy lips. If the priest attempts to remove their glue jars, they cry. Older kids beat or sexually abuse the more youthful ones. In six years, the priest has noticeable twenty-six die from medicines. occasionally Enrique hallucinates that somebody is chasing him. He imagines gnomes and fixates on ants. He sees a cartoonlike Winnie-the-Pooh hovering in entrance of him. He walks, yet he can't suppose the floor. occasionally his legs won't reply. homes circulation. sometimes, the ground falls. as soon as he nearly throws himself off the hill the place he and his buddy sniff glue. for 2 relatively undesirable weeks, he doesn’t realize family. His palms tremble.