Well done. I have to remember it is a novel, however. It has me interested in reading more documentary accounts of the same topic. I felt the language was beautiful; so descriptive and emotional. The narrator did a fine job. I have recommended this book to many of my reader friends. Thank you.
This was a great novel! I finished a few days ago, but can’t stop thinking about it. It definitely will make me think differently about immigration for the rest of my life!! The characters were amazing and strong and reading it you just knew this is what people are going through everyday just to get here!
This book will stick with me for a long time.
Incredible story. Highly descriptive of the characters interior and exterior experiences. A universal story of resilience and transcendence despite hate and trauma sustained. Through the lives and struggles of these human beings making their journey to the US, we get an in depth look at what each of them is escaping from and what it’s truly like to be a migrant on the run from Latin America seeking asylum up North. This story gives them a voice and a face and in the process enlightens and elicits empathy. The author (regardless of her background) is an incredible storyteller and deserving of every accolade for this masterpiece. Her background and ethnicity should not be held against her in any way; she has used her own insight and imagination to craft a masterful tale, a feat not many can accomplish regardless of background and ethnicity. If people would like to pick a fight, then they should target the publishing world at large so that they can further expand publication opportunities for Latin American authors. That would be the rightful battle to wage instead of targeting an exceptional author who has every right to offer this beautiful book to the world.
I enjoyed the story. Heart wrenching journey. Highly recommend this book.
Easy to listen to, descriptive, especially if the multiple tragedies that happen to the main characters and people they meet along the way. Decent character development.
Loved this book! This story is truly moving and a great way to open our eyes to the other side of immigration
If I could give more stars for this book, I would. I only recently re-read The Grapes of Wrath and the comparisons are apt. Jeanine Cummins' masterpiece is such an eye opener to the atrocities migrants endure as they trek north, attempting to escape the worst of mankind. The death grip the drug cartels have on the peoples of Mexico and South American countries was something I understood only peripherally. The stark reality is much, much worse than most people who have not read this book or studied the situation can know. This book is heartbreaking, riveting and truly a must-read. I am so fortunate to be a Canadian.
I enjoyed this book and could not wait to get back to listening to it. I liked the voice of our narrator, which matched the descriptive feelings, places, even things like the intensity of heat, cold, and smells. The author takes you there without being there. You could put the book down when you needed to. It is difficult to witness the pain and suffering of people in our world, but we have to know that these kinds of things happen. The author could have told a full story from any one of these characters, and she chose to tell Lydia's story, but you have just enough information to empathise with the other characters. The storyline is heart heavy; it is a beautifully written story. Personally, my orphaned father was only 10 when he and his brother walked back and forth across the Texas border with no problem. I used to think, did I remember my father's story right - just ten years old? It can't be, but I think so. My father passed into his forever home and is no longer around to ask how it was to cross the border. Thank you for this story.
Jeanine Cummins is the author of the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch, and the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.