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By Sonia Nazario

An miraculous tale that places a human face at the ongoing debate approximately immigration reform within the usa, now up to date with a brand new Epilogue and Afterword, photographs of Enrique and his family members, an writer interview, and more—the definitive variation of a vintage of up to date America
in response to the Los Angeles Times newspaper sequence that received Pulitzer Prizes, one for function writing and one other for characteristic images, this page-turner in regards to the energy of relatives is a well-liked textual content in school rooms and a touchstone for groups around the kingdom to interact in significant discussions approximately this crucial American subject.
Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy trying to find his mom, 11 years after she is pressured to depart her ravenous family members to discover paintings within the usa. Braving unbelievable peril, frequently clinging to the perimeters and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels via adverse worlds jam-packed with thugs, bandits, and corrupt law enforcement officials. yet he pushes ahead, hoping on his wit, braveness, wish, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. while you are going to learn just one nonfiction publication this yr, it should be this one.”
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“Magnificent . . . Enrique’s Journey is set love. It’s approximately kin. It’s approximately home.”The Washington publish publication World
“[A] searing document from the immigration frontlines . . . as harrowing because it is heartbreaking.”People (four stars)
“Stunning . . . As an event narrative by myself, Enrique’s Journey is a valuable learn. . . . Nazario’s remarkable piece of reporting [turns] the present immigration controversy from a political tale right into a own one.”Entertainment Weekly
“Gripping and harrowing . . . a narrative begging to be told.”The Christian technology Monitor
“[A] prodigious feat of reporting . . . [Sonia Nazario is] amazingly thorough and intrepid.”Newsday

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A number of the young ones turn into suicidal and take a look at to hold themselves. If he was once fortunate, Enrique might spend not more than or 3 months locked up ahead of being despatched again to Honduras. it'll suggest beginning out for the 9th time. For part an hour at the river’s island, every body lies stone nonetheless. Crickets sing, and water rushes round the rocks. eventually, the brokers appear to surrender. El Tiríndaro waits and watches. He makes convinced, then returns. Enrique whispers: Take the others first. El Tiríndaro lots the Mexicans onto the tube. Their weight sinks it nearly out of sight. Slowly, they lumber around the water. mins later, El Tiríndaro returns. “Get over here,” he says to Enrique. “Climb up. ” He has different directions: Don’t rustle the rubbish bag preserving the garments. Don’t step on twigs. Don’t paddle; it makes noise. El Tiríndaro slips into the water at the back of the tube and kicks his legs underneath the outside. It takes just a minute or . He and Enrique succeed in a place the place the river slows, and Enrique grabs one other department. They pull ashore and contact smooth, slippery dust. In his undies, Enrique stands for the 1st time on U. S. soil. approximately FROZEN As El Tiríndaro hides the interior tube, he spots the Border Patrol. He and the 3 migrants hurry alongside the sting of the Rio Grande to a tributary referred to as Zacate Creek. “Get in,” El Tiríndaro says. Enrique walks into the creek. it's chilly. He bends his knees and lowers himself to his chin. His damaged the teeth chatter so tough they damage; he cups a surrender his mouth, attempting to cease them. For an hour and a part, they stand in Zacate Creek in silence. Effluent spills into the water from a three-foot-wide pipe within reach. it really is attached to a sewage remedy plant at the fringe of Laredo, Texas. Enrique can scent it. El Tiríndaro walks forward, scouting as he is going. At his command, Enrique and the others climb out of the water. Enrique is numb. He falls to the floor, approximately frozen. “Dress quickly,” El Tiríndaro says. Enrique steps out of his rainy undershorts and tosses them away. they're his final ownership from domestic. He places on dry denims, a dry blouse, and his left footwear. El Tiríndaro bargains every body a bit of bread and a soda. The others, hidden in a thicket of timber, consume and drink. Enrique is simply too anxious. Being at the outskirts of Laredo ability they're close to houses. If canines bark, the Border Patrol will suspect intruders. “This is the difficult part,” El Tiríndaro says. He runs. Enrique races in the back of him. The Mexicans stick to, up a steep embankment, alongside a well-worn airborne dirt and dust direction, prior mesquite trees and at the back of a few tamarind timber, until eventually they're subsequent to a wide, around, flat tank. it really is a part of the sewage plant. past is an open house. El Tiríndaro glances nervously to the proper and left. not anything. “Follow me,” he says. Now he runs quicker. Numbness washes out of Enrique’s legs. It disappears in a wave of worry. They dash subsequent to a fence, then alongside a slender course on a cliff above the creek. They sprint down one other embankment, into the dry upstream channel of Zacate Creek, less than a pipe, then a pedestrian bridge, around the channel, up the other embankment, and out onto a two-lane residential highway.

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