Lost Children Archive

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Valeria Luiselli
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2020 LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019 The moving, powerful and urgent English-language debut from one of the brightest young stars in world literature Suppose you and Pa were gone, and we were lost. What would happen then? A family in New York packs the car and sets out on a road trip. A mother, a father, a boy and a girl, they head south west, to the Apacheria, the regions of the US which used to be Mexico. They drive for hours through desert and mountains. They stop at diners when they're hungry and sleep in motels when it gets dark. The little girl tells surreal knock knock jokes and makes them all laugh. The little boy educates them all and corrects them when they're wrong. The mother and the father are barely speaking to each other. Meanwhile, thousands of children are journeying north, travelling to the US border from Central America and Mexico. A grandmother or aunt has packed a backpack for them, putting in a bible, one toy, some clean underwear. They have been met by a coyote: a man who speaks to them roughly and frightens them. They cross a river on rubber tubing and walk for days, saving whatever food and water they can. Then they climb to the top of a train and travel precariously in the open container on top. Not all of them will make it to the border. In a breath-taking feat of literary virtuosity, Lost Children Archive intertwines these two journeys to create a masterful novel full of echoes and reflections - a moving, powerful, urgent story about what it is to be human in an inhuman world.

one of the new york times 10 best books of the year one of barack obama's favorite books of the year one of the best books of the year: the washington post • time magazine • npr • chicago tribune • gq • o, the oprah magazine • the guardian • vanity fair • the atlantic • the week • the dallas morning news • lit hub • kirkus reviews • the ... The Lost Children Archive provides a powerful look at the current immigration system and a glaring parallel reflection on the atrocities forced on Native Americans. It is a reminder that the echoes of (America's) history, good or bad, are not erased with time.

First Published: Feb 2019, 400 pages Paperback: Feb 2020, 400 pages Genres. Rate this book.