Tell Me How It Ends

Tell Me How It Ends

An Essay in Forty Questions

Book - 2017
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"The book is based on [the author's] experiences working as an interpreter for dozens of Central American child migrants who risked their lives crossing Mexico to escape their fraught existence back home. To stay in the U.S., each must be vetted by the Citizenship and Immigration Services, a vast, impersonal bureaucracy. It's a bit like competing in the ultimate reality show, one in which it's terrifyingly easy to get voted off the island and sent back to the country you fear wants to kill you. As a translator, it's Luiselli's task to help these kids, who range in age from 6 or 7 into their teens, most of whom came alone and were either caught at the border or went to the authorities themselves. They must answer 40 official questions that will determine their fate. Luiselli takes us inside the grand dream of migration, offering the valuable reminder that exceedingly few immigrants abandon their past and brave death to come to America for dark or nasty reasons. They come as an expression of hope."--from
Publisher: Minneapolis :, Coffee House Press,[, 2017]
ISBN: 9781566894951
Branch Call Number: 305.23086 LUI
Characteristics: 119 pages : portrait ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Niłos perdidos. English


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Mar 16, 2018

While herself waiting for a Green Card, Luiselli volunteers as an interpreter for children who have arrived in the US alone from Central America. There were 102,000 such children in the April 2014 to August 2015 period. She uses the structure of the 40 questions these children are asked as part of the screening process. This essay addresses the fact that the US had a major role in creating the situation in Central America that led to this exodus. Hopefully, Luiselli's activism will have an impact.

Feb 11, 2018

This is an important book about what is happening in America right now. Luiselli is showing herself to be a magnanimous writer. Her writing is clear and concise. She is doing what she can to point up how Americans and non-Americans live in this country. It is often not a very nice story, but it is necessary to understand what our responsibilities as Americans are.

"And once you're here, you're ready to give everything, or almost everything, to stay and play a part in the great theater of belonging. In the United States, to stay is an end in itself and not a means: to stay is the founding myth of this society."

Jul 22, 2017

A mediocre essay by a great novelist.

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