Enrique’s Journey


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Sonia Nazario
Enrique’s Journey
(Random House, February 2014)

Revised and updated edition

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With over 300,000 copies sold in English and 50,000 in Spanish, Enrique’s Journey is a modern day epic of a boy determined to reunite with his mother. Upon the original release in 2007, it was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Miami Herald.  Sonia Nazario was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the original Los Angeles Times series and the book received the George Polk Award for International Reporting, and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. Now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview, and more, this is the definitive edition of a contemporary classic.

“A stirring and troubling book about a magnificent journey…A microcosm of the massive exodus pouring over the borders of our nations…Enrique’s suffering and bravery become universal…Enrique’s Journey is among the best border books yet written.”
The Washington Post Book World

“Nazario has illuminated the modern immigrant experience: with Enrique, she has given a voice and a face to these migrant children.”
The New York Times Book Review

“For some journalists, research means sitting at a computer and surfing Google….For Sonia Nazario…it means leaving home for months at a time to sit on top of a moving freight train running the length of Mexico, risking gangsters and bandits and the occasional tree branch that might knock her off and thrust her under the wheels. It means not eating, drinking water or going to the bathroom for sixteen-hour stretches—all in service to the story.”
San Francisco Chronicle 

“This is a twenty-first century Odyssey….If you are going to read only one non-fiction book this year, it has to be this one, because you know these young heroes. They live next door.”
—Isabel Allende

“This portrait of poverty and family ties has the potential to reshape…conversations about immigration.”
Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW