The far away brothers : two young migrants and the making of an American life
The far away brothers : two young migrants and the making of an American life

Markham, Lauren, author.


1st ed.

Physical Description
xvi, 298 pages ; 25 cm

Prologue : The missing -- The flood -- The churn -- The walls -- The courthouse -- The detained -- The arrest -- The girls -- The failed -- The halt -- The long walk -- The land -- Afterword.

Reading Level
980 L Lexile

Personal Subject
Flores, Ernesto, 1997-
Flores, Raul, 1997-

Subject Term
Salvadorans -- California -- Oakland -- Biography.
Undocumented immigrants -- United States -- Biography.
Refugees -- California -- Oakland -- Social conditions.
Unaccompanied immigrant children -- United States.
Twin brothers -- Biography.
Salvadoran Americans -- California -- Oakland -- Biography.
Salvadoran Americans -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Social conditions.

Geographic Term
United States -- Emigration and immigration.
El Salvador -- Emigration and immigration.


"The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California--fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong. Growing 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 Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region's brutal gangs he is forced to flee the country, and Raul, because he looks just like his brother, follows close behind--away from one danger and toward the great American unknown. In 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 estranged older brother's custody in Oakland, CA. Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating a new school in a new language, working to pay down their mounting coyote debt, and facing their day in immigration court, while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers--girls, grades, Facebook--with only each 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 exodus, an investigation of U.S. immigration policy, and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience."--Provided by publisher.

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Hardwood Creek Library (Forest Lake)Book305.868 MAR11Nonfiction Collection
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R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)Book305.868 MAR12Nonfiction Collection
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