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"An epic road trip that also] captures the unruly intimacies of marriage and parenthood...This is a novel that daylights our common humanity, and challenges us to reconcile our differences."--Kristen Millares Young, The Washington Post
"Impossibly smart, full of beauty, heart and insight...Everyone should read this book."--Tommy Orange
In Valeria Luiselli's fiercely imaginative follow-up to the American Book Award-winning Tell Me How It Ends
, an artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet.
Through ephemera such as songs, maps and a Polaroid camera, the children try to make sense of both their family's crisis and the larger one engulfing the news: the stories of thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States but getting detained--or lost in the desert along the way.
A breath-taking feat of literary virtuosity, Lost Children Archive
is timely, compassionate, subtly hilarious, and formally inventive--a powerful, urgent story about what it is to be human in an inhuman world.