New in Paperback: The Far Away Brothers
Lauren Markham's award-winning book about the fate of migrants from El Salvador is now out in paperback. Ernesto and Raul are two teenagers who flee to the U.S. after gang violence forces them from their home, and this is their story, expertly told by the author and lauded by many:
"You should read The Far Away Brothers. We all should." —NPR
"The Far Away Brothers is impeccably timed, intimately reported and beautifully expressed. Markham brings people and places to rumbling life; she has that rare ability to recreate elusive, subjective experiences—whether they’re scenes she never witnessed or her characters’ interior psychological states—without taking undue liberties. In many ways, her book is reminiscent of Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family. It’s about teenagers who raise themselves."—Jennifer Senior, The New York Times
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW | WINNER OF THE RIDENHOUR BOOK PRIZE | SILVER WINNER OF THE CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD | FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE | SHORTLISTED FOR THE J. ANTHONY LUKAS BOOK PRIZE | LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY
You can read more of Lauren's work this week in Mother Jones, where she has reported on the use of Skype in immigration court.
Check out her Events page for news of upcoming readings and panel discussions; she will be at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, CA on Tuesday, May 29 with Shanthi Sekaran, discussing her book.