Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions

Author(s): Valeria Luiselli

Essays & Letters

A searing, enlightening polemic about the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children arriving in the US without papers
`It is not even the American dream they pursue, but rather a more modest aspiration: to wake up from the nightmare into which they were born.'
Why did you come to the USA?
When a child migrant arrives in the US all alone, this is the first question he or she will be asked.
It's the beginning of an official interview of forty questions used by the federal immigration court in New York City where Valeria Luiselli works as a volunteer interpreter for the tens of thousands of children from Mexico and Central America being detained at the US border.
But nothing is ever that simple. The children's stories are always shuffled, stuttered, always shattered beyond the repair of a narrative order. The problem with trying to tell their story is that it has no beginning, no middle, and no end ...
`The first must-read book of the Trump era' Texas Observer
`A remarkable little work that says more than books ten times its size' GQ
`With anger and lucidity, Luiselli depicts the nightmares these children are forced to flee in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as the destructive ignorance and bigotry that awaits them in America' Chicago Tribune
`Harrowing, intimate, quietly brilliant' New York Times
`Luiselli takes us inside the grand dream of migration, offering the valuable reminder that exceedingly few immigrants abandon their past and brave death to come to America for dark or nasty reasons. They come as an expression of hope' NPR

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`The first must-read book of the Trump era' Texas Observer `Harrowing, intimate, quietly brilliant' New York Times `The kind of reading experience that rips your heart out. This is required reading' Vol. 1 Brooklyn `A remarkable little work that says more than books ten times its size' GQ `With anger and lucidity, Luiselli depicts the nightmares these children are forced to flee in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as the destructive ignorance and bigotry that awaits them in America' Chicago Tribune `Combines the skills of a journalist with a novelist's empathy' Times Literary Supplement `Luiselli takes us inside the grand dream of migration, offering the valuable reminder that exceedingly few immigrants abandon their past and brave death to come to America for dark or nasty reasons. They come as an expression of hope' NPR `This book shoves aside over-intellectualization of border and immigration policy and reminds us of the damn hard and harrowing realities of the children who come into the US from Central America and Mexico every day, what they faced in the cities they left and what they face when they get here. Luiselli is a sharp, searing writer. Be prepared to cry. Read it, read it, read it and then share it' Texas Book Festival `The very least we can all do is hear these stories. Read this book' Proximity Magazine

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983. She is the author of the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth, and of a collection of essays called Sidewalks. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers such as Letras Libres, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Freeman's, El Pais and Harper's and she is published in fifteen languages. She is currently professor of Romance Language and Literature at Hofstra University and lives in New York City.

General Fields

  • : 9780008271923
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : Fourth Estate Ltd
  • : October 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Valeria Luiselli
  • : Paperback
  • : 304.873072
  • : 96