Marie Marquardt

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I am an author of young adult novels, a college professor, and an immigration advocate.

How are these all connected? After many years as a researcher, service provider, and – most importantly – friend with immigrants to Georgia, I felt frustrated. I often spoke to groups about immigration and the need for immigration reform. I offered clear, rational explanations and data on why our immigration system needs to be repaired. And then I realized something: people only begin to care when they meet and get to know someone who is living inside this broken system. It’s been my great honor to have those very relationships over decades.

So, I decided to try my hand at writing a fictional (but very real) stories based on my own experiences. I hope the
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Marie Marquardt She woke up before dawn and stumbled to the kitchen to prepare her morning coffee. She peered into the coffee tin to find that it was empty.
Marie Marquardt THE RADIUS OF US began on a Saturday in May, 2013. I walked into an immigration detention center’s visitation room for probably the hundredth time, bu…moreTHE RADIUS OF US began on a Saturday in May, 2013. I walked into an immigration detention center’s visitation room for probably the hundredth time, but still my heart broke wide open. I spoke on a phone, through the glass, with a teenage asylum-seeker from El Salvador, and I knew that I would have to write this story. (less)
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“When he's with me, we are both here. Right here.”
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“I have this strange feeling that we're both on our way to someplace better.”
Marie Marquardt, The Radius of Us

“When he's with me, we are both here. Right here.”
Marie Marquardt, The Radius of Us

“No lookin' back.... You just do the right thing now.”
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“And maybe one day soon, there will be more. But for now this is what we are.”
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“It’s real easy. All you have to do is love him.”
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