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Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli
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really liked it
bookshelves: essays, nonfiction

I decided to read this as background to the more known novel Lost Children Archive. This is a nonfiction narrative around the authors stay in NY and decision to assist child migrants who travel alone to the US to fill in the 40 question survey they must respond to within 21 days of arrival.
It's a sombre read as Luiselli and her niece volunteer as translators, but are virtually helpless in terms of changing the outcome for these children, fleeing one bad situation and arriving into another.
It's unclear whether understanding the 40 questions and the traps they set, appeases the author in any way, the greater knowledge gained from the process gives more cause for despondency than hope. Sharing it with us all and the public concerned hopefully may inspire others to intervene in ways that might make a difference.
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November 6, 2019 – Shelved
November 6, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
November 6, 2019 – Shelved as: nonfiction
November 6, 2019 – Shelved as: essays

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