Lost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"From the two-time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family's summer road trip across America--a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today. A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo--and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera--the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate. But as the family drives farther west--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure--both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations. Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images--including prior stories of migration and displacement--Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving"-- Provided by publisher.
"A novel about a family of four, on the cusp of fracture, who take a trip across America--a story told through varying points of view, and including archival documents and photographs"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525520610
0525520619
9781524711504
1524711500
Characteristics: 383 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm
Authors: Luiselli, Valeria, 1983-
Title: Lost children archive
a novel
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 383 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book."
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I FAMILY SOUNDSCAPE
Relocations
Box I Routes & Roots
Box II Undocumented
Box III Missing
Box IV Removals
pt. II REENACTMENT
Deportations
Maps & Boxes
Box V Continental Divide Lost
pt. III APACHERIA
Dust Valleys
Heart of Light
Echo Canyon
pt. IV LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE
Box VI Document
Summary: "From the two-time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family's summer road trip across America--a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today. A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo--and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera--the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate. But as the family drives farther west--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure--both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations. Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images--including prior stories of migration and displacement--Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving"-- Provided by publisher.
Local Note: Master record variable field(s) change: 300
ISBN: 9780525520610
0525520619
9781524711504
1524711500
Copyright Date: ©2019
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Families Fiction Immigrant children United States Social conditions Fiction Illegal alien children United States Social conditions Fiction Immigrant children Legal status, laws, etc. United States Fiction Illegal alien children Legal status, laws, etc. United States Fiction United States Emigration and immigration Government policy Fiction Family life FICTION Literary. bisacsh FICTION Family Life. bisacsh Emigration and immigration Government policy. fast Families. fast United States. fast Immigrant children Fiction. sears
Genre/Form: Immigrant children
Domestic fiction
Road fiction
Road fiction
Domestic fiction
Fiction
Road fiction
Domestic fiction
Road fiction
Topical Term: Families
Immigrant children
Illegal alien children
Immigrant children
Illegal alien children
Family life
Emigration and immigration
Families
Immigrant children
LCCN: 2018018390
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legalsec2504
Nov 24, 2019

Top 10 Books of 2019 New York Times

The Mexican author’s third novel — her first to be written in English — unfolds against a backdrop of crisis: of children crossing borders, facing death, being detained, being deported unaccompanied by their guardians. The novel centers on a couple and their two children (all unnamed), who are taking a road trip from New York City to the Mexican border; the couple’s marriage is on the brink of collapse as they pursue independent ethnographic research projects and the woman tries to help a Mexican immigrant find her daughters, who’ve gone missing in their attempt to cross the border behind her. The brilliance of Luiselli’s writing stirs rage and pity, but what might one do after reading such a novel? Acutely sensitive to these misgivings, Luiselli has delivered a madly allusive, self-reflexive, experimental book, one that is as much about storytellers and storytelling as it is about lost children.

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Portladia
Nov 06, 2019

Oh, spare me. Way too wordy.

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EljayJohnson
Nov 04, 2019

A misguided mess. I only rated it this high because there were some moments of insight and clarity amidst the folly.
A timely book about migration - told through the story of a disintegrating family on a long road trip from NYC to Arizona. Two adults and two children, all unnamed - just boy, girl, husband, wife; a gaining-in-popularity conceit that annoys the hell out of me. The parents are activists - she for the child migration crisis at the border, he for the history of genocide of Native Americans. Somehow, both of those issues are equated with the impending divorce and break-up of this family and delineated through an overly indulgent, look-at-my-MFA highly stylized storyline featuring lists of the contents of archive boxes, Polaroids, and a 20-page single sentence near the end. All that and two of the most unbelievable, philosophical, mystical children ever written. Obviously not for me.

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jump8999
Sep 19, 2019

booker 2019 longlist

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readmorebooks
Sep 07, 2019

I'll admit that at first I did not think I would like the book. No one has a name. The mother just calls her children the boy and the girl. Even her husband is just the husband. But somehow it pulled me in and I am very glad I stayed with it. The more you read the better it gets! Don't miss the pictures at the back of the book. I have not read anything by Valeria Luiselli, but will look for more. Very timely!

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lukasevansherman
Aug 26, 2019

This 2019 novel is very much a novel of the moment. I'd say everyone should sent a copy to the White House, but I don't think anyone there reads novels. The Mexican-born Luiselli also wrote the non-fiction book "Tell Me How It Ends."
Short interview with Luiselli on PBS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZxMCeGXVtc

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jr3083
May 22, 2019

This is a very clever, self-aware book that echoes influences as diverse as Virginia Woolf, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Golding’s Lord of the Flies, and David Bowie’ Space Oddity. There is a long, twenty-page sentence near the end of the book that echoes Molly Bloom in Ulysses. A type of bibliography at the end references the resonances in the book, not direct quotations, many of which are translations of translations. Such reflexivity could be clunky and derivative in clumsier hands, but it’s not: it’s confident and deliberate, and a book of the heart and head. As soon as I started reading it, I knew that I was in the hands of a very talented, intelligent writer. It’s been ages since I enjoyed a book as much.

For my complete review, visit
http://residentjudge.com/2019/05/22/lost-children-archive-by-valeria-luiselli/

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Mar 06, 2019

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