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Author Markham, Lauren, author.

Title The far away brothers : two young migrants and the making of an American life / Lauren Markham.

Publication Info. New York : Crown, [2017]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  305.868 Mar    ---  Available
Edition First edition.
Description xvi, 298 pages ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-285) and index.
Summary "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 belong. Growing 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 country, and Raul, because he looks just like his brother, follows close behind--away from one danger and toward the great American unknown. In 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 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 U.S. immigration policy, and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience."--Provided by publisher.
Subject Salvadorans -- California -- Oakland -- Biography.
Salvadoran Americans -- California -- Oakland -- Biography.
Flores, Ernesto, 1997-
Flores, Raul, 1997-
Illegal aliens -- United States -- Biography.
Refugees -- California -- Oakland -- Social conditions.
Salvadoran Americans -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Social conditions.
Unaccompanied immigrant children -- United States.
Twin brothers -- Biography.
United States -- Emigration and immigration.
El Salvador -- Emigration and immigration.
ISBN 9781101906187

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