Children of the Land

Children of the Land

A Memoir

Book - 2020
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Marcelo Hernandez Castillo was five years old when he and his family crossed the border between Mexico and the United States. Thus began a new life of hiding in plain sight and of paying extraordinarily careful attention at all times for fear of being truly seen. With beauty, grace, and honesty, Castillo recounts his and his family's encounters with a system that treats them as criminals for seeking safe, ordinary lives. Before Castillo was one of the most celebrated poets of a generation, he was a boy who perfected his English in the hopes that he might never seem extraordinary.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062825599
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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