9781931896498

Gringolandia

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  • ISBN13:

    9781931896498

  • ISBN10:

    1931896496

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-05-01
  • Publisher: Northwestern Univ Pr
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"[A] story with both horror and redemption . . . of a family struggling to find its way back to one another. A stunning achievement."-Deborah EllisDaniel's papá , Marcelo, used to play soccer, dance the cueca , and drive his kids to school in a beat-up green taxi-all while publishing an underground newspaper that exposed Chile's military regime.After pap á 's arrest in 1980, Daniel's family fled to the United States. Now Daniel has a new life, playing guitar in a rock band and dating Courtney, a minister's daughter. He hopes to become a US citizen as soon as he turns eighteen.When Daniel's father is released and rejoins his family, they see what five years of prison and torture have done to him. Marcelo is partially paralyzed, haunted by nightmares, and bitter about being exiled to "Gringolandia." Daniel worries that Courtney's scheme to start a bilingual human rights newspaper will rake up pap á 's past and drive him further into alcohol abuse and self-destruction. Daniel dreams of a real father-son relationship, but he may have to give up everything simply to save his pap á 's life.This powerful coming-of-age story portrays an immigrant teen's struggle to reach his tortured father and find his place in the world."[An] impressive novel...Miller-Lachmann skillfully incorporates elements of family drama, teen romance, and political thriller into this story of a father and son reknitting themselves into each other's lives...From the stark cover image of an empty pool used to torture victims to the intensely poignant essay that concludes the novel, this is a rare reading experience that both touches the heart and opens the mind."- School Library Journal"...riveting reading...This poignant, often surprising and essential novel illuminates too-often ignored political aspects of many South Americans' migration to the United States."- Kirkus Reviews"In Miller-Lachmann's book, the effects of political repression and violence are played out within the walls of one family's home. The novel is a disturbing and meaningful exploration of deep but damaged relationships. It's also a thought-provoking journey for teenagers who wonder if their decisions and actions can make a difference in the world."- MultiCultural Review"In this novel, Miller-Lachmann describes with absolute honesty and empathy the victims of Pinochet, as well as the brutality of this time, but the author is also able to reveal hope. this is a moving novel, essential reading for those in North as well as South America."-Marjorie Agosín, author of A Cross and a Star: Memoirs of a Jewish Girl in Chile"Beyond everything else, this story is about survival. Miller-Lachmann has written a universal tale so good that I hated to see it end."-René Saldaña Jr., author of The Whole Sky Full of Stars"The tension between loyalty to family and loyalty to country, as well as the price one is willing to pay for one's principles, is portrayed without being a cold lesson; it offers no answers, just this family's story. The message never overwhelms the story."- A Chair, A FirePlace & A Tea Cozy BlogLyn Miller-Lachmann is editor of MultiCultural Review . For Gringolandia , she received a Work-in-Progress Grant for a Contemporary Novel for Young People, given by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Albany, New York, where she is active in organizations for peace, human rights, and a sustainable environment.

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