Fleeing the threat of death in Central America, thousands of undocumented children seek asylum each year. In this essay, you will see how dangerous their journey through Mexico is and that this is only the beginning of their ordeal. As an immigrant and court translator, Luiselli is able to share their stories. She also challenges us to take responsibility for our role in creating such dangerous circumstances instead of simply building a wall. - randy
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.
About the Author
Valeria Luiselli was born Mexico City and 1983 and grew up in South Africa. A award-winning novelist (The Story of My Teeth and Faces in the Crowd) and essayist (Sidewalks), her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney's.
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