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Border Crossings

A book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to present day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge.

Books in this Series

  • Refugees  by Viet Thanh Nguyen – Collection of short stories about the hardships and dreams of migrants caught between two worlds, that of  their Vietnamese homeland and adopted country.  Pulitzer-prize winning author‘s family in 1975 became refugees and writes of characters haunted by ghosts.
  • The Line Becomes A River  by Francisco Cantú – A memoir by a former border patrol officer and son of a Mexican immigrant, this work goes well behind today’s headlines, creating lasting images and better understanding.
  • Crossers by Philip Caputo is a novel about 3 generations of ranchers on the Mexican/ Arizona border. Moving between eras and countries, it illuminates the transborder conflict: Migrants fleeing poverty and terror at great peril and the resultant cost and fear for homeowners.
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – The Pakistini author has created a compelling, inventive novel that follows two young lovers as they leave a country in civil war.  They struggle to not just survive, but to retain their love and a sense of their past as they walk through fantastical doors to new lands.

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