Tell Me How It Ends

Tell Me How It Ends

An Essay in Forty Questions

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"Humane yet often horrifying, Tell Me How It Ends offers a compelling, intimate look at a continuing crisis--and its ongoing cost in an age of increasing urgency." --Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books> "Valeria Luiselli's extended essay on her volunteer work translating for child immigrants confronts with compassion and honesty the problem of the North American refugee crisis. It's a rare thing: a book everyone should read." --Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books

"Tell Me How It Endsevokes empathy as it educates. It is a vital contribution to the body of post-Trump work being published in early 2017."--Katharine Solheim, Unabridged Bookstore

"While this essay is brilliant for exactly what it depicts, it helps open larger questions, which we're ever more on the precipice of now, of where all ofthis will go, how all ofthis might end. Is this a story, or is this beyond a story? Valeria Luiselli is one of those brave and eloquent enough to help us see."--Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company

"Appealing to the language of the United States' fraught immigration policy, Luiselli exposes the cracks in this foundation. Herself an immigrant, she highlights the human cost of its brokenness, as well as the hope that it (rather than walls) might be rebuilt."--Brad Johnson, Diesel Bookstore

"The bureaucratic labyrinth of immigration, the dangers of searching for a better life, all of this and more is contained in this brief and profound work.Tell Me How It Endsis not just relevant, it's essential."--Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore

Publisher: Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9781566894951
1566894956
Branch Call Number: 305.2308 LUISELLI
Characteristics: 119 pages : portrait ; 20 cm

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lukasevansherman
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."

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daniosun
Jun 26, 2019

Timely. Important. Well-written.

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timdean
Jan 30, 2019

This a brilliant essay on child refugees here and what they face. Timely, well-written and from the heart.

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.

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uncommonreader
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.

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Mooseum
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."

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mclarjh
Jul 22, 2017

A mediocre essay by a great novelist.

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