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Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
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Sep 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adult, informational, non-fiction, survival, young-adult
Read in September, 2012

Love, abandonment, poverty, and desperation lead young Enrique to theft, drugs, and finally, as a teen, to the trains, to illegally travel to the US in hopes of finding his mother, who left Honduras for America when he was only five. After multiple tries, he reunites with her in North Carolina but there is no a fairy tale ending for the two of them. Nazario has thoroughly researched this story, spending months in Honduras, North Carolina and Florida interviewing the family, police, social service, and religious activists and actually riding the freight trains herself. She puts a face on the very controversial matter of illegal immigration as she writes about the social and emotional issues leading thousands to try to escape Central America and the impact on those left behind.
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