The New American by Micheline Aharonian Marcom audiobook

The New American

By Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Read by Timothy Andrés Pabon

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982120726
7.06 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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    Available on 08/18/2020

    ISBN: 9781797109503

The epic journey of a young Guatemalan American college student, a “dreamer,” who gets deported and decides to make his way back home to California. One day, Emilio learns a shocking secret: he is undocumented. His parents, who emi­grated from Guatemala to California, had never told him. Emilio slowly adjusts to his new normal. All is going well, he’s in his second year at UC Berkeley...then he gets into a car accident, and—without a driver’s license or any ID—the policeman on the scene reports him to Immi­gration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Once deported to Guatemala, Emilio is determined to get back to California, the only home he has ever known. It is an epic journey that takes him across thousands of miles and eventually the Sonoran Desert of the United States–Mexico border, meeting thieves and corrupt law enforcement but also kind strangers and new friends. Inspired in part by interviews with Central American refugees, and told in lyrical prose, Micheline Aharonian Marcom weaves a heart-pounding and heartbreaking tale of adventure. The New American tells the story of one young man who risks so much to go home.

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Summary

The epic journey of a young Guatemalan American college student, a “dreamer,” who gets deported and decides to make his way back home to California.

One day, Emilio learns a shocking secret: he is undocumented. His parents, who emi­grated from Guatemala to California, had never told him.

Emilio slowly adjusts to his new normal. All is going well, he’s in his second year at UC Berkeley...then he gets into a car accident, and—without a driver’s license or any ID—the policeman on the scene reports him to Immi­gration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Once deported to Guatemala, Emilio is determined to get back to California, the only home he has ever known. It is an epic journey that takes him across thousands of miles and eventually the Sonoran Desert of the United States–Mexico border, meeting thieves and corrupt law enforcement but also kind strangers and new friends.

Inspired in part by interviews with Central American refugees, and told in lyrical prose, Micheline Aharonian Marcom weaves a heart-pounding and heartbreaking tale of adventure. The New American tells the story of one young man who risks so much to go home.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“With a thoughtful and heartfelt narration, Timothy Andres Pabon gives voice to 21-year-old Emilio, whose undocumented status in the U.S. upends his life. After spending…Pabon creates an evocative depiction of his harrowing journey from Guatemala through the Mexican desert to Arizona… Pabon splendidly conveys the resolve and lingering hopefulness of Emilio and his four young Honduran traveling companions—Matilde, Pedro, William, and Jonatan. An immersive and powerful listen.” AudioFile
“Marcom’s remarkable tale credibly captures the desperation and despair of those who undertake the dangerous trek north.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Marcom masterfully navigates the graphic ugliness of deportation…A tough but necessary and beautiful novel.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Micheline Aharonian Marcom

Author Bio: Micheline Aharonian Marcom

Micheline Aharonian Marcom was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Los Angeles. She has published several novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century. Her first novel, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, was a New York Times Notable Book and Runner-Up for the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction. Her second novel, The Daydreaming Boy, won the PEN/USA Award for Fiction.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English