Lauren Markham: The Far Away Brothers Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life

S They are seventeen at the start and we follow them for two years We learn of their family situation and why they had to leave El Salvador Their xperiences become our xperiences Their xperiences are made into something you feel It is the ability of the author to write well that makes this such a good book The writing puts you there in the Garfield Swallows His Pride (Garfield, events and in the heads and hearts of the twinsThe book concludes with an Afterword and a chapterntitled Methodology These chapters are Prohibido nacer extremely important Without these two chapters the book would be of less value The authorxplains how and why she wrote the book She also summarizes the changes she believes must be made to improve the situation that Serafina and the Seven Stars exists in Central America today and why the US must take actionThe audiobook is narrated by Cassandra Campbell The narration is very well performed It is read with feeling but not overdone The only reason I have not given the narration five stars is because the Afterword and Methodology chapters are read too uickly Here I had to rewind many times These chapters are certainly just as important as the rest of the book For those of us who live in comfortable surroundings in well ordered towns such as Berkeley the day to day realities of life asxperienced by undocumented migrants may be impossible to understand Most of what we know comes from news reports and occasional xpos s about the fforts of the Trump Administration to What She Saw (Conard County expel what Right Wing politicians have insisted we call illegal immigrants In The Far Away Brothers Berkeley journalist Lauren Markham brings the livedxperience of two young Salvadoran migrants and their family under a spotlight The picture she paints is nuanced and moving as well as soberingIdentical twins Ernesto and Ra l Flores were seventeen years of age when separately they crossed the Rio Grande into Texas with the help of coyotes Though in so many ways their Rivals Break (Sharpe Donovan experience is uniue they also stand in for the tens of thousands of young Central Americans who flooded across our southern bordersarlier in this decade and for many of the millions of Salvadorans Hondurans and Guatemalans who now reside in the United States Nearly all recent refugees from Central America were driven north by the gang violence and official corruption that are now Namen-Und Sach-Register Zum Jahresbericht �ber Die Fortschritte in Der Lehre Von Den Pathogenen Mikroorganismen Umfassend Bacterien, Pilze Und Protozo�n endemic in the region However as Markham makes clearconomic motives also loomed large Abject poverty conjures up visions of prosperity in El Norte among many Central Americans as it does in many other people around the worldAs I read about the often horrific circumstances that confronted the Flores brothers over the three year span described in the book I couldn t help but think about the sharply contrasting Soft Focus experience of my father s parents whomigrated from Russia Alien Chastity Belt early in the 20th centu It s an interesting story the only reason I kept reading but the writing was very bad 3 things annoyed me the most Way too much unimportant statistics made it seem like a research paper at times Nonding at all Too many unnecessary boring dialogs details Faker etc Another timely read Two seventeen years old young men twins from ElSalvador part of a large rather poor family find they are in danger marked for death Gangs are notorious one joins or one lives in fear Hiding in their house is only a temporary answer Their older brother is already illegally in the states now the twins mus To solve a problem one must understand what caused it and address its root causes That is a hard thing reuiring work andffort and creative thinking Why not just make the problem illegalWe have been trying that and it does not seem to work Just say no to sex or drugs prison sentences for drug possession throwing a pregnant teenage daughter out of the house none of these Lawbreakers Suspense Stories ever solved anythingIllegal immigration has become the issue of the day under the present administration Migrants have been arrested abused sent back and yet come Build a wall we are told that will keep them out I doubt it There is a reason why people leave their homeland and family and the reasons are rarely triteIn her timely book The Far Away Brothers Lauren Markham tells the story of the twin Flores brothers who flee El Salvador to join their undocumented migrant brother in America We learn about their lives in El Salvador about their families the challenges they faced on their journey north and the multiple difficulties of their lives in the United StatesMarkham who has reported on undocumented immigration for a decade spent two years researching for this book plus she draws from herxperience working with immigrant students at Oakland International High School She chose to write about twins to illustrate how HIPPO IN THE GARDEN each immigrant has their own motivation and individual response to thexperienceIn the past the draw to the United States was for Spinal Trauma economic opportunity and security Today migrants leave their homes toscape the domination and violence of the gangs who have taken over power Last year 60000 unaccompanied minors Shadow (New Species, entered the United States most from Guatemala Honduras and El Salvador the murder capital of the world When one of the Flores twins is targeted by their uncle s gang he decides he must leave to survive and his twin brother joins him The boys family puts their livelihood at risk by offering the their land as security to raise money for transport to the border They falsely assume the debt can be paid off uickly once the boys get jobs but the interest blows their debt up to 20000The journey leaves its psychic scars one twin has nightmares and cannot talk about what he had seen To stay in America the boys must be in school under their older brother s authority Somehow they must alsoarn money to start paying off their debt to the coyotes They are teenagers too who are finally free and they don t always. Y and Raul because he looks just like his brother follows close behind away from one danger and toward the great American unknownIn 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 stranged older brother's custody in Oakland CA Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating

375 stars Publishing on 91217Thank you to First to Read for this ARC in return for an honest review This is an immigration story The story of seventeen year old Raul and Ernesto Flores who fled from El Salvador to Texas in 2013 It tells of the harrowing xperience of life in El Salvador for these twins with their uncle trying to kill them and what their 7000 The Gathering (Darkness Rising, each bought them in the illegal trip through Mexico and into the United States It tells of their reunion with a older illegal brother their loss of confidence in school while trying to learn the English language It tells of the pull of the gangster life and of young love The ups and downs the highs and depressions of accumulating to a life they dreamed of but barely understood Rent food school work sending money home to pay off their coyote fee It relates the hardships that their family left in El Salvador went through trying to pay back the loan shark and keep the farm land they loved and depended on And throughoutverything MongoDB else thentanglement of the judicial system trying to become documented so they could remain in the United States This information was well researched and told in a story like setting It contained a number of facts relating to illegal immigration It speaks to the wall that Trump insists on building To the hundreds of immigrants that die on their way to what they believe is freedom in the United States What is left behind when someone immigrates and what is faced at the Chastity end of their journey If nothinglse is achieved by reading this novel it should be understood that it s not what immigrants are running to but rather what are they running from This story deserves so much attention that it has gotten Lauren Markham was working in a California school when she came across the Flores twins names were changed who found themselves forced to leave their piece of rural El Salvador because a local gangster a relative in fact turned against them She has a fine sense of the deep and varied Experiential Learning emotions they and their relatives felt in the United States and El Salvador of the strange and often cruel intricacies of the American asylum system of the pain that being poor inither country imposes on a family Die Neurobiologie des Glücks especially among members who may never seeach other again Her portraits of family members and places in both countries sound authentic the piety and devotion of the parents the raging motions hormones and devotion to social media which gets them in great trouble of the younger members the normous pressure of gangs place on boys in El Salvador the desperate unrealistic reliance of the poor relations in the old country on the less poor children who have made it across The Flores twins have at least a route to staying in the country having arrived barely as minors while an older brother having worked diligently for years has none The most gripping portion of the book is the recounting of the twins journey to the United States which is many of the themes that migrants often suffer but do not always care to reveal than the deprivation the hunger the thirst the shoes and clothes that fall apart on the way the corpses but the violence and rape Markham brings this all together with a fine A New Philosophy of History eye for detail and an understanding of the contradictory impulses andmotions not just between the members of the family but within Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction each of them She has a fine sense of the policy implications withoutvery becoming didactic or polemical But there is no mistaking that what has happened in Mexico and Central America is a deep and disturbing tragedy one funded by drug money from the United States authored by gangs created by deportees from the United States inflamed by weapons xported from the United States and rooted in the United States policy funding and military training in the region during the ighties when El Salvador assassinated archbishops and nuns with impunity and Guatemala almost FRITZI auf Sylt - ÖLMALEREI - Kunst in Fotobrillant-Druck exterminated at least one Mayan tribe Yet these refugees fleeing violence with virtually nothing many of them women and children are what the well fed very comfortablextremely well protected President and Attorney General and their many retweeters fear What fools some mortals be Thanks to Crown Publishing for this free review copyHeartbreaking Timely Reuired reading for anyone looking to better understand the reasons that so many Central American citizens are fleeing their home countries to come to the United States The book is deeply researched and focuses Big Little Man eually on both sides of the borderif any person can read this book and not be deeply sympathetic to refugees looking for a safer life in the US my heart aches for that reader s lack of humanity Not a fast read Not anasy read But a necessary oneNOTE This book was published in September 2017 and as we all know immigration policy in the US has changed since then Please take that into account while reading and don t let it impact your opinion of the overall storyissue I REALLY like this book It is informative about the situation in El Salvador about unaccompanied migrant minors in the US and is also remarkably well written The author is a journalist a reporter and an author She has worked with young migrants at Oakland International High School located in the Bay area of northern California The school is dedicated to teaching immigrant kids English Lauren Markham is writing about what she knows and cares about and it shows Anyone can compile a mass of statistics put it together and call it a book This book is not like that In this book El Salvador s gang violence is brought close to the reader What is it really like to be a young migrant alone in a foreign country very different from your own What horrors have these kids The Man from Beijing experienced before getting to the US The book follows thexperiences of identical twin. The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who Creating Lasting Value escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California fighting to survive to stay and to belongGrowing 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 Ernestonds up on the wrong side of the region's brutal gangs he is forced to flee the countr.

Handle that freedom well Readers may not always like the boys but hopefully they will understand their fears confusion and motivationsThe author is not afraid to offer a paragraph on American policies that have contributed to the Central American catastrophe by supplying weapons and by creating free trade deals that hurt small farmers Then there is the legacy of large corporations that bought up land for farming controlling resources and the Understanding Markets and Strategy economic benefitsAs Markham writes People migrate now for the same reason they always have survival Investment in improvingducational and Montana Dreams economic opportunities addressing the root causes of migration would be a better use of federal funds than building a wallI read Eniue s Journey by Sonia Nazario about ten years ago Here is what she had to say about The Far Away Brothers PowerfulFocusing primarily on one family s struggle to survive in violence riddled El Salvador by sending some of its members illegally to the USthis compellingly intimate narrativekeenlyxamines the plights of juveniles sent to America without adult supervisionOne of the most searing books on illegal immigration since Sonia Nazario s Enriue s Journey KirkusI received a free Immerwelt - Der Pakt ebook through First to Read inxchange for a fair and unbiased review This very timely story focuses on the travails of twin 17 year old brothers Modern South Asia escaping from the gangs and violence of El Salvador to go north Their older brother their far away brother had crossed over about 7 yearsarlier and had managed to pay off the 6K that he owed to the coyote who accompanied him on the journey The price has gone up and the twins Picture Theory each have to pay 6 7K Their large poor family can t raise that kind of money so put up one of their plots of land as collateral The payment doesn t make their journey any less harrowing the coyote actually disappeared and left them on their own for part of the difficult trip When they arrive at the border they are kept in the border camps for a while until they can sort out the paperwork and arrange with their older brother to taken them in They move in with him in his San Jose apartment but the transition is far from smooth The boys move with their brother into a cramped crowded apartment in Oakland affordable than San Jose andnroll in Oakland International High School where the author is on staff They have little English and little knowledge of how anything works in California They both take part time jobs and after a split with their brother move into a room in a house together and are responsible for all of their Ancestral Voices expenses It is hard to send money home to pay off the debt with grows at a usurious interest rate of 20% They find a low cost attorney to help them navigate the immigration courts They get robbed and beat up and miss too much school but they still feel that they are lucky to be here in the US away from the gangs poverty and violence back homeThe book is well researched and written Focusing on the plight of just these 2 boys and their families both in the US and back in El Salvador gives the story a very human andmotional core while covering in a general way the challenges faced by all immigrants The situation in their home country is truly dire and it is abundantly clear that just building a wall isn t going to solve the immigration problem Immigrants are risking their lives now to get into the US and the wall will be just another of the many obstacles that they seek to overcome This and similar works should be reuired reading for anyone in our government seeking to craft a truly humane and just immigration system 35 starsThe Far Away Brothers is an account of the horrific life led by thousands in El Salvador It s about the issues and dangers lurking in and around the region and how the only option left for what seems like safety is to flee and make a new life for oneself on an alien land But does fleeing put an And Bid Him Sing end to the miseries Families are left separated and broken They are forced to face injustice and ill treatment towards their kin and themselves The area ruled by gangs has only violence and death to offer So does the fleeing I was completely clueless about what these people go through until I read this book Now I carry a perspective of and great fear for their lives When did humankind shrink to such a low The immigrants have lost almostverything they ve Aristotle Detective (Aristotle ever lived for their family home livelihoodverything They re forced to travel to alien places another dangerous route in hopes to restart their lives But instead of meeting people offering a hand to help or shelter they face Bones, Clones, and Biomes even cruelty and violence Many lose their lives are raped or robbed off anything that wasssential for them to survive the longest journey of their lives Many of these are as young as or Bringing the Empire Home even younger than the Flores twins seventeen And unaccompanied t s hard toven imagine children as young as them to first face violence in their homeland and then all alone in an alien place Markham who has xperienced and studied a great deal about undocumented immigration for a decade spent two years researching for this book She draws her xperience from working with immigrant students at Oakland International High School She chose to write about twins to share stories about how Building the Cold War each immigrant has their own feelings and lessons from their stories and how they ve been impacted As for my readingxperience the writing style is good and gripping However I would ve Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) enjoyed for lack of a better word it had it been a slightly less descriptive Having said that the author was able to paint a real picture of what the protagonists were going through and it did change a lot of things for me for good My Blog Times of Gee Thank you Blogging for Books and Crown Publishing for a copy of this inxchange for an honest review. New school in a new language working to pay down their mounting coyote debt and facing their day in immigration court while also Counter-Amores encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers girls grades Facebook with onlyach 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 Dancing at Armageddon exodus an investigation of US immigration policy and an unforgettable testament to the migrantxperien.

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