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Enrique's Journey

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Enrique's Journey

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An astonishing story that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States, now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an...More
An astonishing story that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States, now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an...More
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  • An astonishing story that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States, now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview, and more--the definitive edition of a classic of contemporary America

    Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject.

    Enrique's Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: "This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one."

    Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.

    "Magnificent . . . Enrique's Journey is about love. It's about family. It's about home."--The Washington Post Book World

    "[A] searing report from the immigration frontlines . . . as harrowing as it is heartbreaking."--People (four stars)

    "Stunning . . . As an adventure narrative alone, Enrique's Journey is a worthy read. . . . Nazario's impressive piece of reporting [turns] the current immigration controversy from a political story into a personal one."--Entertainment Weekly

    "Gripping and harrowing . . . a story begging to be told."--The Christian Science Monitor

    "[A] prodigious feat of reporting . . . [Sonia Nazario is] amazingly thorough and intrepid."--Newsday

    From the Trade Paperback edition.
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    The boy does not understand.His mother is not talking to him. She will not even look at
    him. Enrique has no hint of what she is going to do.
    Lourdes knows. She understands, as only a mother can, the
    terror she is about to inflict, the ache Enrique will feel, and finally
    the emptiness.

    What will become of him? Already he will not let anyone
    else feed or bathe him. He loves her deeply, as only a son can.
    With Lourdes, he is openly affectionate. "Dame pico, mami. Give
    me a kiss, Mom," he pleads, over and over, pursing his lips.
    With Lourdes, he is a chatterbox. "Mira, mami. Look, Mom," he
    says softly, asking her questions about everything he sees. Without
    her, he is so shy it is crushing.

    Slowly, she walks out onto the porch. Enrique clings to her
    pant leg. Beside her, he is tiny. Lourdes loves him so much she
    cannot bring herself to say a word. She cannot carry his picture.
    It would melt her resolve. She cannot hug him. He is five
    years old.

    They live on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, in Honduras.
    She can barely afford food for him and his sister, Belky, who is
    seven. She's never been able to buy them a toy or a birthday
    cake. Lourdes, twenty-four, scrubs other people's laundry in a
    muddy river. She goes door to door, selling tortillas, used
    clothes, and plantains.

    She fills a wooden box with gum and crackers and cigarettes,
    and she finds a spot where she can squat on a dusty sidewalk
    next to the downtown Pizza Hut and sell the items to
    passersby. The sidewalk is Enrique's playground.
    They have a bleak future. He and Belky are not likely to finish
    grade school. Lourdes cannot afford uniforms or pencils.
    Her husband is gone. A good job is out of the question.
    Lourdes knows of only one place that offers hope. As a
    seven-year-old child, delivering tortillas her mother made to
    wealthy homes, she glimpsed this place on other people's television
    screens. The flickering images were a far cry from Lourdes's
    childhood home: a two-room shack made of wooden slats,
    its flimsy tin roof weighted down with rocks, the only bathroom
    a clump of bushes outside. On television, she saw New York
    City's spectacular skyline, Las Vegas's shimmering lights, Disneyland's
    magic castle.

    Lourdes has decided: She will leave. She will go to the
    United States and make money and send it home. She will be
    gone for one year--less, with luck--or she will bring her children
    to be with her. It is for them she is leaving, she tells herself,
    but still she feels guilty.

    She kneels and kisses Belky and hugs her tightly. Then she
    turns to her own sister. If she watches over Belky, she will get a
    set of gold fingernails from el Norte.
    But Lourdes cannot face Enrique. He will remember only
    one thing that she says to him: "Don't forget to go to church
    this afternoon."

    It is January 29, 1989. His mother steps off the porch.
    She walks away.
    "¿Dónde está mi mami?" Enrique cries, over and over. "Where
    is my mom?"

    His mother never returns, and that decides Enrique's fate.
    As a teenager--indeed, still a child--he will set out for the
    United States on his own to search for her. Virtually unnoticed,
    he will become one of an estimated 48,000 children who enter
    the United States from Central America and Mexico each year,
    illegally and without either of their parents. Roughly two thirds
    of them will make it past the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
    Service.

    Many go north seeking work. Others flee abusive families.
    Most of the Central Americans go to reunite with a...

About the Author-
  • Sonia Nazario, a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times, has spent more than two decades reporting and writing about social issues, earning her dozens of national awards. The newspaper series upon which this book is based won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. Nazario grew up in Kansas and Argentina. She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. For more information, visit www.enriquesjourney.com.
    To schedule a speaking engagement, please contact American Program Bureau at www.apbspeakers.com
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