Breaking Through

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-01
  • Publisher: Houghton Miff

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At the age of fourteen, Francisco Jimnez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. How they sustain their hope, their goodheartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jimnez finishes telling the story of his youth.

Author Biography

Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now chairman of the Modern Languages and Literature Department at Santa Clara University, the setting of much of Reaching Out. He is the award-winning author of The Circuit, Breaking Through, La Mariposa, and his newest novel, Reaching Out. He lives in Santa Clara, California, with his family.

Table of Contents

Forced Outp. 1
Home Alonep. 19
Stepping Outp. 29
Together Againp. 42
Back to the Fieldsp. 48
Saint Christopher Medalp. 56
Summer Skirmishesp. 61
Becoming a Saintp. 70
If the Shoe Fitsp. 80
A Promotionp. 83
A Typing Machinep. 91
Making Connectionsp. 94
Broken Heartp. 103
Behind the Wheelp. 109
Turning a Pagep. 113
Los Santitosp. 117
Choosing Sidesp. 122
Junior Scandalsp. 127
Running for Officep. 135
A New Lifep. 146
A Test of Faithp. 151
A Fumblep. 157
A Breakthroughp. 163
Graduation Dayp. 175
Still Movingp. 185
A Note from the Authorp. 194
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