Tell Me How It Ends

Tell Me How It Ends

An Essay in Forty Questions

Book - 2017
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"Structured around the forty questions Luiselli translates and asks undocumented Latin-American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends (an expansion of her 2016 Freeman's essay of the same name) humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction of the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants with the reality of racism and fear--both here and back home"--
Publisher: Minneapolis :, Coffee House Press,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781566894951
Branch Call Number: 325.73 LU
Characteristics: 119 pages : portrait ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Luiselli, Valeria 1983-


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Apr 12, 2020

This book made me think, made me feel, and made me question as so many important books do. This book is important. Another reason why #ownvoices authors being published are so necessary.

Sep 05, 2019

Short, but potent essays on the immigration crisis. It's the companion piece to her recent novel "Lost Children Archives," and I think both works are enhanced by reading them close together. We're so inundated by the negativity surrounded this debate that it's refreshing and necessary to have a different, empathetic perspective. Also check out "The Devil's Highway" and "The Line Becomes a River."

Jun 26, 2019

Timely. Important. Well-written.

SFPL_RicardoA May 10, 2018

Not enough words to explain how I feel about this stunning testament about the aftermath of the unaccompanied minors border crisis that took place in 2014. It left me helpless and outraged. If we can read it, understand it, reflect on it, and ultimately realize the need for urgent change in U.S. immigration policies, then there is hope we can be a better country.

Mar 16, 2018

While herself waiting for a Green Card, Luiselli volunteers as an interpreter for children who have arrived in the US alone from Central America. There were 102,000 such children in the April 2014 to August 2015 period. She uses the structure of the 40 questions these children are asked as part of the screening process. This essay addresses the fact that the US had a major role in creating the situation in Central America that led to this exodus. Hopefully, Luiselli's activism will have an impact.

Feb 11, 2018

This is an important book about what is happening in America right now. Luiselli is showing herself to be a magnanimous writer. Her writing is clear and concise. She is doing what she can to point up how Americans and non-Americans live in this country. It is often not a very nice story, but it is necessary to understand what our responsibilities as Americans are.

"And once you're here, you're ready to give everything, or almost everything, to stay and play a part in the great theater of belonging. In the United States, to stay is an end in itself and not a means: to stay is the founding myth of this society."

Jul 22, 2017

A mediocre essay by a great novelist.


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