Children of the Land

Children of the Land

Book - 2020
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"With beauty, grace, and honesty, Castillo recounts his and his family encounters with a system that treats them as criminals for seeking safe, ordinary lives. He writes of the Sunday afternoon when he opened the door to an ICE officer who had one hand on his holster, of the hours he spent making a fake social security card so that he could work to support his family, of his fathers deportation and the decade that he spent waiting to return to his wife and children only to be denied reentry."
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
ISBN: 9780062825599
Branch Call Number: PS3608.E76845 Z46 2020 (BIOG)
Characteristics: 362 pages ; 24 cm


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TFanC Jun 25, 2020

I recommend that we read and listen to as many authentic stories as we can to better understand the experiences of others and not to let a single voice define our views. Children of the Land is one of the books I recommend to help see the complicated issues of immigration. Children of the Land is a beautifully written memoir that illuminates the challenges of being undocumented. Throughout the memoir are motifs of visibility and duality that represent the paradoxes of Marcelo's experience.

Apr 17, 2020

A beautiful and necessary read for the way Hernandez Castillo viscerally lays bare the inherent unfairness and high toll the current system takes on families and communities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border

STPL_JessH Mar 22, 2020

Spend any amount of time with me and I will recommend a book. For people who spend lots of time with me, they will know that I save some descriptors for very, very special books. Children of the Land is one such book. It is a masterpiece. Castillo is honest, unflinching, brave, vulnerable, careful, and poetic. I consider it an honour to read his work. Though I could say much more, I would prefer to let this story speak for itself. I strongly encourage you to open your heart to this beautiful and painful book.

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Apr 17, 2020

Hernandez Castillo uses his prodigious poetic craft to plumb each family member’s odyssey through the U.S. immigration system and its Kafkaesque labyrinthine il-logic for the raw emotion and trauma from battering against the cold shoulder of bureaucracy while living under a cloud of uncertainty and fear.


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