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Y and Raul because he looks just like his brother follows close behind away from one danger and toward the great American unknownIn this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration journalist Lauren Markham follows the seventeen year old Flores twins as they make their harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert into the hands of immigration authorities and from there to their estranged older brother's custody in Oakland CA Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating a This story deserves so much attention that it has gotten Lauren Markham was working in a California school when she came across the Flores twins names were changed who found themselves forced to leave their piece of rural El Salvador because a local gangster a relative in fact turned against them She has a fine sense of the deep and varied emotions they and their relatives felt in the United States and El Salvador of the strange and often cruel intricacies of the American asylum system of the pain that being poor in either country imposes on a family especially among members who may never see each other again Her portraits of family members and places in both countries sound authentic the piety and devotion of the parents the raging emotions hormones and devotion to social media which gets them in great trouble of the younger members the enormous pressure of gangs place on boys in El Salvador the desperate unrealistic reliance of the poor relations in the old country on the less poor children who have made it across The Flores twins have at least a route to staying in the country having arrived barely as minors while an older brother having worked diligently for years has none The most gripping portion of the book is the recounting of the twins journey to the United States which is many of the themes that migrants often suffer but do not always care to reveal than the deprivation the hunger the thirst the shoes and clothes that fall apart on the way the corpses but the violence and rape Markham brings this all together with a fine eye for detail and an understanding of the contradictory impulses and emotions not just between the members of the family but within each of them She has a fine sense of the policy implications without every becoming didactic or polemical But there is no mistaking that what has happened in Mexico and Central America is a deep and disturbing tragedy one funded by drug money from the United States authored by gangs created by deportees from the United States inflamed by weapons exported from the United States and rooted in the United States policy funding and military training in the region during the eighties when El Salvador assassinated archbishops and nuns with impunity and Guatemala almost exterminated at least one Mayan tribe Yet these refugees fleeing violence with virtually nothing many of them women and children are what the well fed very comfortable extremely well protected President and Attorney General and their many retweeters fear What fools some mortals be

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New school in a new language working to pay down their mounting coyote debt and facing their day in immigration court while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers girls grades Facebook with only each other for support With intimate access and breathtaking range Markham offers a coming of age tale that is also a nuanced portrait of Central America's child exodus an investigation of US immigration policy and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experien It s an interesting story the only reason I kept reading but the writing was very bad 3 things annoyed me the most Way too much unimportant statistics made it seem like a research paper at times No ending at all Too many unnecessary boring dialogs details etc

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The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California fighting to survive to stay and to belongGrowing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war Ernesto Flores had always had a fascination with the United States the faraway land of skyscrapers and Nikes while his identical twin Raul never felt that northbound tug But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region's brutal gangs he is forced to flee the countr 375 stars Publishing on 91217Thank you to First to Read for this ARC in return for an honest review This is an immigration story The story of seventeen year old Raul and Ernesto Flores who fled from El Salvador to Texas in 2013 It tells of the harrowing experience of life in El Salvador for these twins with their uncle trying to kill them and what their 7000 each bought them in the illegal trip through Mexico and into the United States It tells of their reunion with a older illegal brother their loss of confidence in school while trying to learn the English language It tells of the pull of the gangster life and of young love The ups and downs the highs and depressions of accumulating to a life they dreamed of but barely understood Rent food school work sending money home to pay off their coyote fee It relates the hardships that their family left in El Salvador went through trying to pay back the loan shark and keep the farm land they loved and depended on And throughout everything else the entanglement of the judicial system trying to become documented so they could remain in the United States This information was well researched and told in a story like setting It contained a number of facts relating to illegal immigration It speaks to the wall that Trump insists on building To the hundreds of immigrants that die on their way to what they believe is freedom in the United States What is left behind when someone immigrates and what is faced at the end of their journey If nothing else is achieved by reading this novel it should be understood that it s not what immigrants are running to but rather what are they running from


10 thoughts on “The Far Away Brothers Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life

  1. says:

    Another timely read Two seventeen years old young men twins from ElSalvador part of a large rather poor family find they are in danger marked

  2. says:

    I REALLY like this book It is informative about the situation in El Salvador about unaccompanied migrant minors in the US and is also remarkably well written The author is a journalist a reporter and an author She has worked with young migrants at Oakland International High School located in the Bay area of nort

  3. says:

    375 stars Publishing on 91217Thank you to First to Read for this ARC in return for an honest review This is an immigration story The story of seventeen year old Raul and Ernesto Flores who fled from El Salvador to Texas in 2013 It tells of the harrowing experience of life in El Salvador for these twins with th

  4. says:

    To solve a problem one must understand what caused it and address its root causes That is a hard thing reuiring work and effort and creative thinking Why not just make the problem illegalWe have been trying that and it does not seem to work Just say no to sex or drugs prison sentences for drug possession throwing a pregnant teenage daughter out of the house none of these ever solved anythingIllegal immigration has become the issue

  5. says:

    For those of us who live in comfortable surroundings in well ordered towns such as Berkeley the day to day realities of life as experienced by undocumented migrants may be impossible to understand Most of what we know comes from news reports and occasional exposés about the efforts of the Trump Administration to expel what Right Wi

  6. says:

    This story deserves so much attention that it has gotten Lauren Markham was working in a California school when she came across the Flores twins names were changed who found themselves forced to leave their piece of rural El Salvador because a local gangster a relative in fact turned against them She has a fine

  7. says:

    This very timely story focuses on the travails of twin 17 year old brothers escaping from the gangs and violence of El Salvador to go north Their older brother their far away brother had crossed over about 7 years earlier and had managed to pay off the 6K that he owed to the coyote who accompanied him on the journey The price has gone up and the twins each have to pay 6 7K Their large poor family can't raise that kind

  8. says:

    It's an interesting story the only reason I kept reading but the writing was very bad 3 things annoyed me the most Way to

  9. says:

    Thanks to Crown Publishing for this free review copyHeartbreaking Timely Reuired reading for anyone looking to better understand the reasons that so many Central American citizens are fleeing their home countries to come to the United States The book is deeply researched and focuses eually on both sides of the bo

  10. says:

    35 starsThe Far Away Brothers is an account of the horrific life led by thousands in El Salvador It's about the issues and dangers lurking in and around the region and how the only option left for what seems like safety is to flee and make a new life for oneself on an alien land But does fleeing put an end to

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