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This may be my favorite Amanda Eyre Ward story yet. The author loves to write about troubled characters who trip and stumble through life yet continue to move forward, and this is no exception. The story follows two very different people: a young girl growing up in the slums of Honduras, whose mother left for America when she was very young and sends money when she can, and a woman living in Austin, Texas, whose dream of being a mother were first dashed by cancer and then by the birthmother of the baby she and her husband adopted who changed her mind. As the despair of poverty, drug use and violence in Honduras grows, the young girl eventually sets off on a dangerous journey to America, hoping that she and her brother can reach their mother, while the woman in Texas seeks to find new purpose in her life through helping a troubled teen. The locations of each story play as big a part as the characters, and are just as clear and complex. A moving story of hope.
This book follows the story of several characters -- a young woman living in Mexico and her very sad struggles as she attempts to rejoin her mother in the US, a poor black teen in the US, and a cancer survivor whose fertility issues render her infertile. The book kept my interest, although seemed some what predictable in spots, but I did grow to like the characters and want to know what was going to happen to them. I didn't like the epilogue chapter, which actually took away from the book and did not seem to fit. Otherwise a good read.
The currant immigration policy that separates children from parents is brought to life in the details of Carla’s journey to The US border from Central America. Relayed in raw and painful detail by a 12-year-old who is desperate to find her mother in America, Carla’s story provides the backdrop for why many attempt the dangerous journey. In contrast, Alice’s story is less well developed. A good read nonetheless.
A good read about the lives of individuals coming from totally different circumstances. Nobodies life is perfect but the extremes were pretty extraordinary throughout this story. Each chapter switched back and forth between the two lead characters and you knew going in that they would somehow coincide. Some of the narrative was a bit far fetched but overall worth reading and kept my interest.
This story reveals the struggle that those of us born in the US never have to face. How LUCKY are WE?! How blithely out of touch of the fortune of those who weren't as lucky. Childhoods lost to opportunists and exploitation. The price paid for what we have as "given".
Loved and cried with the character Carla. Parts of the Alice story went long. I appreciated that Ward added the final portion, but would have liked to hear Carla develop more of that part of the story.
I would like to define better in my mind the difference between an immigrant and a refugee. I think America can be more sensitive to the plight of refugees from south of our border. I think this book states the problem in very humane terms. And it certainly niggled my conscience.