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Solito: A Memoir par Javier Zamora
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Solito: A Memoir (édition 2022)

par Javier Zamora (Auteur)

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A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as "the mythic journey of our era" (Sandra Cisneros) Trip. My parents started using that word about a year ago--"one day, you'll take a trip to be with us. Like an adventure."     Javier's adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers. Traveling alone except for a group of strangers and a "coyote" hired to lead them to safety, Javier's trip is supposed to last two short weeks. At nine years old, all Javier can imagine is rushing into his parents' arms, snuggling in bed between them, and living under the same roof again. He cannot foresee the perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions that await him; nor can he know that those two weeks will expand into two life-altering months alongside fellow migrants who will come to encircle him like an unexpected family. A memoir as gripping as it is moving, Solito not only provides an immediate and intimate account of a treacherous and near-impossible journey, but also the miraculous kindness and love delivered at the most unexpected moments. Solito is Javier's story, but it's also the story of millions of others who had no choice but to leave home.… (plus d'informations)
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This was a book club chosen book. I was not that interested but willing to be exposed to the writing style of a 9 year old going through an horrific passage to America. I came away with a firm opinion that the immigration process for coming to the USA needs updating NOW. There needs to be a way for "good" folks to get in and make a solid contribution to our society and a way to keep "bad" folks out before they even arrive.
The writer is a brilliant person and has already made a huge contribution to our country. The combination of English and Spanish throughout the book was distracting and took away the flow of the writing for me. I only know high school Spanish, so it was my loss in the area of the Spanish vocabulary. I grew up in southern California and my family hired many folks from Mexico and Central America for our company and farm lands. They worked hard and sent money home to their families and went back and forth as the seasonal work required. We provided housing, personal references, support with ESL and how the US systems work, including citizen sponsorship. I was very sorry to hear how the writer and others were treated. It doesn't have to be that way. ( )
  Katyefk | Nov 14, 2022 |
nonfiction/memoir - writer recounts the treacherous journey he made at age 9 from his grandparents' home in El Salvador to reunite with his refugee parents in La USA.

skillful storytelling, recreating the long journey through Guatemala, Mexico, and into Tucson, down to the songs on the radio, the snacks shared, the color of the plastic bag the conchas came in, from the point of view of a 9 year old who has not seen his mom in 4 years, his dad in 8 years, and who has never been away from his grandparents before. A slower read but a good one. ( )
  reader1009 | Sep 30, 2022 |
TW/CW: Brief mentions of sexuality, danger, scary sequences, death, injury

RATING: 5/5

REVIEW: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

Solito is the true story of a nine-year-old boy from El Salvador who crosses through Guatemala and Mexico in order to join his parents in California. It examines the danger and terror of migration through the eyes of a child and tells the harrowing tale of how, in a small group and with less-than-trustworthy coyotes, he was finally able to reach the USA.

This book is fantastic. I’ve never read anything like it. I’ve always been interested in the migrant experience, but there aren’t that many books down there that go into the detail this book does of how people from Latin America actually get to the United States, and all the things they have to suffer through in the process.

This is a very human book – much more humanity than politics – and should be required reading. ( )
  Anniik | Aug 20, 2022 |
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A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as "the mythic journey of our era" (Sandra Cisneros) Trip. My parents started using that word about a year ago--"one day, you'll take a trip to be with us. Like an adventure."     Javier's adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers. Traveling alone except for a group of strangers and a "coyote" hired to lead them to safety, Javier's trip is supposed to last two short weeks. At nine years old, all Javier can imagine is rushing into his parents' arms, snuggling in bed between them, and living under the same roof again. He cannot foresee the perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions that await him; nor can he know that those two weeks will expand into two life-altering months alongside fellow migrants who will come to encircle him like an unexpected family. A memoir as gripping as it is moving, Solito not only provides an immediate and intimate account of a treacherous and near-impossible journey, but also the miraculous kindness and love delivered at the most unexpected moments. Solito is Javier's story, but it's also the story of millions of others who had no choice but to leave home.

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