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Infinite Country: A Novel

Infinite Country: A Novel


Infinite Country: A Novel

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Lansat:
Mar 2, 2021
ISBN:
9781797119595
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Powerful story…

One of the most anticipated novels of 2021, “Infinite Country” reflects our current global moment: tense, cut off from each other, but with a glimmer of hope. This powerful story moves readers back and forth in time, across borders, and among anguished family members separated by the sacrifices they’ve made at the altar of the American Dream. The propulsive plot hooks you right from the first chapter when teenage daughter Talia escapes from a juvenile detention center in the mountains of Colombia, racing to try to make a flight to the US before she loses her chance to reunite with her family.

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A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK AND INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"A knockout of a novel…we predict [Infinite Country] will be viewed as one of 2021's best." -O, The Oprah Magazine

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 from Esquire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Elle, GMA, New York Post, Ms. Magazine, The Millions, Electric Literature, LitHub, AARP, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Autostraddle, She Reads, Alma, and more.

I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country.

Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family in the north.

How this family came to occupy two different countries, two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. We see Talia's parents, Mauro and Elena, fall in love in a market stall as teenagers against a backdrop of civil war and social unrest. We see them leave Bogotá with their firstborn, Karina, in pursuit of safety and opportunity in the United States on a temporary visa, and we see the births of two more children, Nando and Talia, on American soil. We witness the decisions and indecisions that lead to Mauro's deportation and the family's splintering-the costs they've all been living with ever since.

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel, herself a dual citizen and the daughter of Colombian immigrants, gives voice to all five family members as they navigate the particulars of their respective circumstances. And all the while, the metronome ticks: Will Talia make it to Bogotá in time? And if she does, can she bring herself to trade the solid facts of her father and life in Colombia for the distant vision of her mother and siblings in America?

Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality of the undocumented in America, Infinite Country is the story of two countries and one mixed-status family-for whom every triumph is stitched with regret, and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred.
Lansat:
Mar 2, 2021
ISBN:
9781797119595
Format:
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Despre autor

Patricia Engel is the author of The Veins of the Ocean, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award; and Vida, a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway and Young Lions Fiction Awards, New York Times Notable Book, and winner of Colombia’s national book award, the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her stories appear in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Born to Colombian parents, Patricia teaches creative writing at the University of Miami. 


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  • (5/5)
    This is my first review. I felt I needed to express how beautiful a story this is. The writing is gorgeous. The pace is fast. The story is important. The narration is perfect.
  • (4/5)
    Very well written. realistic, very timely. It presents all of the dilemmas we have, no hint at solutions.
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully written, intriguing, covering a very common yet underrepresented topic and asking the important questions along the way. Was all the suffering and trauma worth it? What if they had chosen a different, childless life?
  • (5/5)
    Until now, one of the novels I thought should be required reading was Beloved. I add this one to the list with Morrison’s. This novel is remarkable and moving, alive and profound. Beautifully crafted writing! A story all should understand.
  • (4/5)
    A fantastic book that is beautifully written! Loved it very much!
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully written prose, and an important story of immigration. Wonderful narration.
  • (5/5)
    One of the most beautiful stories about immigration you’ll ever encounter.
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    Beautiful. Listened on a single afternoon and loved every word.

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