Author Lauren Markham discusses her book THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS 11-30-17 AT 7PM

Thursday Nov 30 at 7pm

The Far Away Brothers is the true story of teenagers Ernesto and Raul Flores who flee the violence in their home country of El Salvador, a country torn apart by a 12 year U.S.--backed civil war.  85% of the killings, kidnappings, and torture during this war had been the work of government forces, which included paramilitaries, death squads, and army units trained by the United States.

The Trump/Pence fascist regime has demonized immigrants, making life a nightmare for millions who fear detention, deportation, and being torn from their loved ones.  In the last few years, thousands of unaccompanied children have crossed the border, leaving behind their families and their countries.  This is a story of two of those children, the family they left behind, their dangerous journey and their life in the U.S.

In this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration, journalist Lauren Markham follows the seventeen-year-old Flores twins as they make their harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, into the hands of immigration authorities, and from there to their estranged older brother’s custody in Oakland, CA. Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating a new school in a new language, working to pay down their mounting coyote debt, and facing their day in immigration court, while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers—girls, grades, Facebook—with only each other for support. With intimate access and breathtaking range, Markham offers a coming of age tale that is also a nuanced portrait of Central America’s child exodus, an investigation of U.S. immigration policy, and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience.

"The Far Away Brothers is impeccably timed, intimately reported and beautifully expressed. Markham brings people and places to rumbling life..." New York Times

Lauren Markam is based in Berkeley, California. Her work has appeared in outlets such as The Guardian, VICE, Orion, Guernica, California Sunday, The New Yorker online,The New York Times, and VQR, where she is a contributing editor. In addition to writing, she works at a high school for immigrant youth.

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