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Javier Zamora

Autor/a de Solito: A Memoir

3+ obres 678 Membres 24 Ressenyes

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Obres de Javier Zamora

Solito: A Memoir (2022) 583 exemplars, 21 ressenyes
Unaccompanied (2017) 93 exemplars, 3 ressenyes

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Nom oficial
Zamora, Javier
Data de naixement
El Salvador
Lloc de naixement
La Herradura, El Salvador
Llocs de residència
University of California, Berkeley (BA)
New York University (MFA)



June pick for @calbookclub ; webinar with the author can be seen on California Book Club YouTube channel (it was great and Isabel Rojas Contreras was the special guest, her memoir was one of my top reads of 2022).

In this memoir Zamora chronicles his trip from El Salvador to the US as an unaccompanied minor at age 9 in 1999. His grandfather went with him through Guatemala, and paid coyotes to get him to his parents and an acquaintance from home to look after him. That man largely did not, and Zamora was fortunate enough to become the son in a “family”.

He wrote this from perspective of his 9-year-old self. It is frightening and horrifying. His parents heard nothing for 7 weeks, as plans were changed. It was traumatizing for himself and his parents—and they have rarely discussed it. Until he received his green card he did not feel safe discussing the experience: the loneliness, helplessness, fear of checkpoints, soldiers with guns, the desert heat, boat exhaust, detention, and more. The trauma undergone by so many children is horrifying—and all of those kids, unable to discuss or process their experiences! This is not an easy read, but is interesting, informative, and important.

Like everyone else who attended the webinar, I truly hope he is able to reunite with his “family”—the three who kept him safe, sane, hydrated, and loved—on the trip north. His willingness to put his name and story out there and hope they contact him further shows his strength and patience, knowing they each need to process the experience and be truly safe, just as he did.
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Dreesie | Hi ha 20 ressenyes més | Jun 30, 2024 |
Memoir about the author’s experience as a young boy trying to get across the border to his parents. Fascinating and well-told.
electrascaife | Hi ha 20 ressenyes més | Jun 8, 2024 |
Enormously moving.
vunderbar | Hi ha 20 ressenyes més | May 14, 2024 |
An incredibly amazing book - what this boy encounters (and what many migrants crossing the US border) is fuel for nightmares, and I suspect most people's experiences are way worst.

Its very easy to dismiss the plight of people coming from a place of violence or extreme poverty as an American with all the securities it brings. Even knowing that its a dangerous journey, that many people die, this book hits at the heart. While i hope to never experience this, and will never understand what the emotional and physical strain that it takes, this book allowed me to be in a migrant on a difficult journey, even if its for a few hours while sitting on a couch.

The story is from the experience of a 9 year old boy, as he remembers it a number of years later. Javier is a sweet kid, smart, innocent, and unprepared for this journey. Javier is an innocent in his world, I suspect that some readers missed what was happening in this village, a few murders of young men, and gangs. There is also extreme poverty with no way to become more. If Javier and his family didn't leave, Javier probably would have been recruited into a gang, or worst. Its damned if you do, damned if you don't situation.

As for the story - it is incredible. Written from the point of view as a child allowed the 'adult' stuff to stay in the back. You don't find out why Javier is sent, or how the Coyotes keep their flock safe with bribes. However, what Javier thinks and sees is described, his confusion at what is happening, the boredom of waiting in a small apartment, the scariness of a helicopter patrol, the lack of privacy. The scariness of the strangers. I was so excited when Javier crossed the border - than I realized I still had half a book to go. My heart sunk at that point, this poor kid and his 'fake' family, just trying to get to home to their family.

The one thing I do want to mention is that there is Spanish, most you can pick up from the context or emotion. I thought it added to the story - it was used to heighten the story.

Highly recommended.
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TheDivineOomba | Hi ha 20 ressenyes més | Mar 31, 2024 |



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