Lost Children Archive (Paperback)
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Lost Children Archive (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages
Published: 06/02/2020
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Waterstones Says

Daring, brave and fiercely intelligent, Mexican-born novelist Luiselli’s dual narrative of two very different family journeys plays with form and contrast to highlight the fissures and fault lines of a deeply divided and unequal society. Drawn from her first-hand experiences helping child asylum seekers, Luiselli’s first novel in English fashions the American road story into something genuinely novel: a blistering catalogue of migration and exile. Blazing with eloquent indignation and dark satire, Lost Children Archive is a profoundly human story about major political themes.

Winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

The moving, powerful and urgent English-language debut from one of the brightest young stars in world literature

Suppose you and Pa were gone, and we were lost. What would happen then?

A family in New York packs the car and sets out on a road trip. A mother, a father, a boy and a girl, they head south west, to the Apacheria, the regions of the US which used to be Mexico. They drive for hours through desert and mountains. They stop at diners when they're hungry and sleep in motels when it gets dark. The little girl tells surreal knock knock jokes and makes them all laugh. The little boy educates them all and corrects them when they're wrong. The mother and the father are barely speaking to each other.

Meanwhile, thousands of children are journeying north, travelling to the US border from Central America and Mexico. A grandmother or aunt has packed a backpack for them, putting in a bible, one toy, some clean underwear. They have been met by a coyote: a man who speaks to them roughly and frightens them. They cross a river on rubber tubing and walk for days, saving whatever food and water they can. Then they climb to the top of a train and travel precariously in the open container on top. Not all of them will make it to the border.

In a breath-taking feat of literary virtuosity, Lost Children Archive intertwines these two journeys to create a masterful novel full of echoes and reflections - a moving, powerful, urgent story about what it is to be human in an inhuman world.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008290054
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Fascinating, haunting, poetic' Sunday Times ‘A mould-breaking new classic … The novel truly becomes novel again in her hands – electric, elastic, alluring, new’ New York Times ‘Daring, wholly original, brilliant … a twist on the great American road trip novel, a book about alienation that chronicles fractures, divides, and estrangement’ NPR ‘Timely and poignant’ Vogue ‘A wonderfully subtle story in which the experience of migrant children is filtered through the delicate, funny, effortlessly poetic account of a family’s road trip from New York to the Mexican border’ Guardian ‘Roving and beautiful … a searing indictment of America’s border policy' Daily Mail ‘Powerful and urgent’ Stylist

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“Thought provoking story....”

Valeria Luiselli created a thought provoking and complex novel about refugee children who cross the border without their parents. This book is the result of her working with these children and her experience of her... More

Hardback edition
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“Very insightful”

I was sent a copy of Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli to read and review by NetGalley.
When I first started reading this book I wasn’t at all sure that I would like it or indeed finish it! The first section... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 41

“Lost Children Archive”

This is my new favourite book of the year so far - an original, daring and timely story inspired by the experiences of desperate children crossing the desert border between Mexico and New Mexico and Arizona, and the... More

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