"[A] prodigious feat of reporting...vivid and detailed...[Nazario
is] amazingly thorough and intrepid."
"A stirring and troubling book about a magnificent
journey...Joseph Campbell would recognize Enrique’s Journey. It’s the stuff
of myth...[but] Enrique’s Journey is true....A microcosm of the massive exodus
pouring over the borders of our nations...Enrique's suffering and bravery
become universal, and one cannot fail to be moved by the desperation and
sheer strength of spirit that guides these lonely wanderers....Enrique’s Journey is about love. It’s about family. It’s about home....The border will
continue to trouble the dreams of anyone who is paying attention....Enrique’s Journey is among the best border books yet written."
"An amazing tale...for some journalists, research
means sitting at a computer and surfing Google....For Sonia Nazario...it
means leaving home for months at a time to sit on top of a moving freight
train running the length of Mexico, risking gangsters and bandits and the
occasional tree branch that might knock her off and thrust her under the
wheels. It means not eating, drinking water or going to the bathroom for
16-hour stretches-all in service to the story."
"A meticulously documented account of an epic journey,
one undertaken by thousands of children every year...[Nazario] covers both
positive and negative effects of immigration, illuminating the problem’s
complexity....In telling Enrique’s story [she] bears witness for us all."
"Compelling...Nazario doesn’t pull any punches."
"[A] searing report from the immigration frontlines...as
harrowing as it is heartbreaking....[Nazario] is a fearless reporter who
traveled hundreds of miles atop freight trains in order to palpably re-create
the danger that faces young migrants as they flee north."
"Astounding...I am unaware of any journalist who has
voluntarily placed herself in greater peril to nail down a story than did
"This portrait of poverty and family ties has the
potential to reshape American conversations about immigration."
"Gripping and harrowing...a story begging to be told...readers
fed up with the ongoing turf wars between fact and fiction, take note: Here
is fantastic stunt reporting that places this sometimes hard-to-believe story
squarely in the realm of nonfiction."
"Compelling...drama, pathos, and [the] hot topic of
"[Enrique’s Journey] personifies one of the greatest
migrations in history....Much of the book is a thriller...a 12,000-mile journey
worthy of an Indiana Jones movie."
"Riveting...expert reporting...Nazario puts a human
face upon a major issue....The breadth and depth of [her] research is astounding."
"A heart-racing and heart-rending trip."
"A story of heartache, brutality, and love deferred
that is near mythic in its power."
"Stunning...As an adventure narrative alone, Enrique’s Journey is a worthy read....Nazario’s impressive piece of reporting...turn[s]
the current immigration controversy from a political story into a personal
"Gripping...astounding...viscerally conveys the experience
of illegal immigration from Central America...[Nazario] has crafted her findings
into a story that is at once moving and polemical."
"A remarkable feat of 'immersion reporting.’...[Gives]
the immigrant...flesh and bone, history and voice...The kind of story we
have told ourselves throughout history, a story we still need to hear."
"Insightful and beautifully written and sheds a great
deal of light on the horrific journeys immigrants risk to find a better life.
"A story readers won’t soon forget."
"This is a harrowing odyssey that depicts one young
man's attempts to reunite with his mother and the social and economic issues
involved in illegal immigration."
"Here is an account of a boy’s childhood and youth that becomes
"Enrique’s Journey is an empathetic glimpse into the Faustian bargain
made by immigrants who leave family behind for a bet on the rewards of
life in the North. Sonia Nazario’s brave reporting focuses particularly
on a consequence of one woman’s departure from Central America: the
horrific gauntlet suffered by her son as he traverses Mexico, often in
the company of similar children, all of them in search of their
"This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. Nazario’s powerful writing
"Enrique's Journey is an important, compelling, harrowing
"Enrique’s Journey is the odyssey of our time and place. The
story of a
boy’s brave and harrowing search for the mother who loved him but left
is the most telling, moving, and unsparing account I have ever read
about those who struggle and sacrifice to give their families better
lives, and the loneliness and regret that no success can ever fully put
to rest. It is a great American—I emphasize that—story, beautifully
"Gripping, heroic and important, Enrique's Journey captures the
heart. Most Americans or their forebears came to the United States from
countries. They experienced difficult journeys and wrenching family
separations-all in the hope of finding a better life in this new land.
Enrique's story is our story, beautifully told."
"This portrait of poverty and family ties has the potential to reshape
American conversations about immigration".
Reviews of Enrique's Journey
Kirkus (Starred Review):
An expanded version of Nazario’s Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, originally published in the Los Angeles Times, about the harrowing journey hopeful immigrants take from Central America through Mexico into the U.S.
The twist on this familiar story is that in recent years, a growing number of America’s illegal immigrants are women. Unable to feed and clothe their children, they leave their homes in Honduras or Guatemala and head for a better life in el Norte. Once in America, Mami sends back as much money as she possibly can and promises to return to her children as soon as she builds up a nest egg. But low-paying jobs as nannies or maids don’t allow the women to save much, so immigrant mothers don’t return home for years, if ever. Their children, too young to understand the heartbreaking calculus of economics and maternal self-sacrifice, feel abandoned. Some of them eventually undertake the pilgrimage through Mexico and across the border, hoping to reunite with their mothers. Nazario’s account focuses on Enrique, left in Honduras by his mother Lourdes when he was six. Eleven years later, he decides it is time to find her. He must avoid immigration officers, who would send him back home, and the gangsters who regularly steal from, rape and even murder migrants. Enrique risks his life, riding through Mexico on the roofs of what child migrants call El Tren de la Muerte (the Train of Death). Enrique makes it to North Carolina, but he and Lourdes are in for an emotional shock. During the long years of separation, mother and son have idealized one another; their reunion exposes resentments that have festered over the years.
This portrait of poverty and family ties has the potential to reshape American
conversations about immigration.
Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
Soon to be turned into an HBO dramatic series, Nazario's account of
a 17-year-old boy's harrowing attempt to find his mother in America won
two Pulitzer Prizes when it first came out in theLos Angeles Times .
Greatly expanded with fresh research, the story also makes a gripping
book, one that viscerally conveys the experience of illegal immigration
from Central America. Enrique's mother, Lourdes, left him in Honduras
when he was five years old because she could barely afford to feed him
and his sister, much less send them to school. Her plan was to sneak
into the United States for a few years, work hard, send and save money,
then move back to Honduras to be with her children. But 12 years later,
she was still living in the U.S. and wiring money home. That's when Enrique
became one of the thousands of children and teens who try to enter the
U.S. illegally each year. Riding on the tops of freight trains through
Mexico, these young migrants are preyed upon by gangsters and corrupt
government officials. Many of them are mutilated by the journey; some
go crazy. The breadth and depth of Nazario's research into this phenomenon
is astounding, and she has crafted her findings into a story that is
at once moving and polemical. Photos not seen by PW .(Feb. 28)
Spanish Language Reviews
El Diario/La Prensa, January, 2006:
Esta es la historia de la peligrosa expedición de un joven hondureño de 16 años que decide venir a Estados Unidos en busca de su madre. Enrique’s Journey está basada en una serie escrita por la periodista Sonia Nazario, la cual fue publicada en Los Angeles Times y mereció dos Premios Pulitzer.
Cuando Enrique tenía 5 años de edad, su madre, quien era muy pobre y no podía mantener a sus hijos, se fue a Estados Unidos a buscar trabajo para enviarle dinero a su familia. Ella les promete a sus hijos que volvería pronto, pero nunca ganó lo suficiente para regresar a su país, aunque sí les enviaba dinero y ropa todo el tiempo. Al cabo de once años, Enrique decide viajar ilegalmente hacia Estados Unidos, y atraviesa por terribles experiencias para llegar a encontrarse con su mamá, incluyendo viajar en lo que llaman El tren de la muerte.
Enrique’s Journey es la historia de muchos niños y jóvenes inmigrantes que ponen su vida en peligro para re-encontrarse con sus madres en Estados Unidos. Años atrás eran los padres los que dejaban sus hogares para llegar a este país a trabajar, a veces como braceros, y enviar ayuda a sus familiares. Pero en los tiempos recientes, muchas madres han tenido que dejar a sus niños con familiares y vecinos, y emprender el viaje a este país en busca de trabajo como domésticas.
Este libro nos ofrece una conmovedora historia con la que nos podemos identificar como inmigrantes, como padres y como hijos.
Para escribir esta historia la periodista Sonia Nazario hizo el mismo viaje que Enrique, por lo que nos ofrece en este trabajo un análisis profundo y serio sobre la cuestión de inmigración y el impacto en la familia. Enrique’s Journey es un trabajo excelente, y será lanzado al mercado en Inglés y en Español el 28 de febrero del 2006. Publicado por Random House, búsquelo en su librería favorita.
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