The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life

The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California--fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong. Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war, Ernesto Flores had always had a fascination with the United States, the faraway land of skyscrapers and Nikes, while his identical twin, Raul, never The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in Californ...

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Title:The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life
Author:Lauren Markham
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life Reviews

  • Jill
    Aug 31, 2017
    This very timely story focuses on the travails of twin 17-year old brothers escaping from the gangs and violence of El Salvador to "go north". Their older brother (their "far away" brother) had crossed over about 7 years earlier and had managed to pay off the ~$6K that he owed to the c...
  • Ann
    Apr 08, 2019
    My father was an immigrant and I spent my career teaching immigrant children from all over the world. I thought I understood the difficulties of families leaving their homes and and culture behind. But, we have entered a whole new reality with children traveling alone and entering a ve...
  • Chuck
    Aug 03, 2018
    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. --Excerpt from Emma Lazarus' sonnet New Colossus, as reproduced on the Statue of Liberty's tablet Well, that was then and this is now. We no longer find the United States in a welcoming mood. Recently, Presi...
  • Chrissie
    Aug 05, 2018
    I REALLY like this book. It is informative about the situation in El Salvador, about unaccompanied migrant minors in the US and is also remarkably well written. The author is a journalist, a reporter and an author. She has worked with young migrants at Oakland International High Sc...
  • Ryan Mishap
    Mar 20, 2018
    This brilliant book should be required reading for anyone who is cavalierly anti-immigrant and thinks undocumented people just waltz into this country and "get stuff." The story of these two brothers, their families, the realities of El Salvador and immigration, other people's stories,...
  • Emily Goode
    Jul 28, 2018
    The Far Away Brothers tells the story of identical twins Enersto and Ral Flores (names changed for their protection), who immigrate to the US from El Salvador, after Ernesto finds himself on the wrong side of a gang in their country El Salvador. We follow them through their lives gro...
  • kelly
    Sep 21, 2017
    4.75 stars. I tend to be attracted to books that showcase timely social issues in a readable, narrative format. This is just such a book. This is the true story of Ernesto and Raul Flores, identical twins who left their home in El Salvador in 2013 and illegally came to America w...
  • Nick
    May 01, 2018
    This story deserves so much more attention that it has gotten. Lauren Markham was working in a California school when she came across the Flores twins (names were changed), who found themselves forced to leave their piece of rural El Salvador because a local gangster (a relative, in fa...
  • Mary
    Nov 21, 2017
    Current, breathtakingly relevant, tragic, hopeful... Ms. Markham immersed herself in the Flores brothers' lives on a personal level and in a broad worldview spectrum. I didn't just get their story but the stories of thousands who are fleeing the most horrific lives, trying to get to t...
  • Traci at The Stacks
    Mar 13, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book. It is a well told story that weaves a narrative of two brothers into the larger picture of the unaccompanied minor crisis from The Norther Triangle, and El Salvador more specifically. I really felt connected to the story and that I was learning a ton about w...
  • Jackie
    Aug 24, 2019
    A true story of 17-year-old identical twin brothers who leave El Salvador and come to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors. It follows the boys as they navigate the system and establish a life in the U.S. as well as that of their brother, who had come before, and their family back in El Sa...
  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 04, 2019
    Another timely read. Two seventeen years old young men, twins from ElSalvador, part of a large, rather poor family, find they are in danger, marked for death. Gangs are notorious, one joins or one lives in fear. Hiding in their house is only a temporary answer. Their older brother, is ...
  • Mal Warwick
    Oct 18, 2017
    For those of us who live in comfortable surroundings in well-ordered towns such as Berkeley, the day-to-day realities of life as experienced by undocumented migrants may be impossible to understand. Most of what we know comes from news reports and occasional exposs about the efforts ...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Sep 12, 2017
    3.75 stars Publishing on 9/12/17 Thank you to First-to-Read for this ARC in return for an honest review. This is an immigration story. The story of seventeen year old Raul and Ernesto Flores - who fled from El Salvador to Texas in 2013. It tells of the harrowing experience of li...
  • Tracy Tibbels
    Jun 30, 2019
    I've probably said this about books before, and I've heard others say it about books, but this time I mean it: EVERY American should read this book! There are so many things about immigrants coming to the US that I never would have known. Probably chief among them was that parents ...
  • Jessica
    Oct 18, 2018
    This is a well-written true story of immigrant teenage twin boys from El Salvador and their journey to the U.S. as refugees. I learned a lot about why so many Central Americans are trying to come to the U.S., as well as how the refugee process works, or sometimes doesn't work. There a...
  • Joan
    Dec 28, 2017
    Illegal immigration and border control has recently been a hot topic in the U.S. The influx of undocumented and unaccompanied minors has increased. What are these children risking and enduring to come to the U.S.? Markham has given us a human element to add to the discussion. Markha...
  • Gurveen Kaur
    Oct 14, 2017
    (3.5 stars) The Far Away Brothers is an account of the horrific life led by thousands in El Salvador. It's about the issues and dangers lurking in and around the region and how the only option left for, what seems like, safety is to flee and make a new life for oneself on an alien l...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Jun 27, 2018
    Thanks to Crown Publishing for this free review copy! * Heartbreaking. Timely. Required reading for anyone looking to better understand the reasons that so many Central American citizens are fleeing their home countries to come to the United States. The book is deeply researched and ...
  • Chris Roberts
    Feb 21, 2018
    America, sing me a dream, how you kissed The Flag and let out a scream. Same old immigrant tale, turnstile through INS, brand new experiences, in awe, the pull between old and new countries, it ends badly, heroically, all of it unremembered., brothers they ghost, ghosting. ...
  • Susan Morris
    Dec 29, 2017
    Very well researched & written, this book tells the story of twin brothers who fled to U.S. from El Salvador as unaccompanied minors. Gives a very human face to what these kids face that makes them leave their families, & their families pay often untrustworthy coyotes to take t...
  • Nancy
    Aug 28, 2017
    To solve a problem one must understand what caused it and address its root causes. That is a hard thing, requiring work and effort and creative thinking. Why not just make the problem illegal? We have been trying that and it does not seem to work. "Just say no" to sex or drugs, pris...
  • Dara
    May 18, 2019
    With all the talk about Trump, The Wall, and immigration policy, this book really reminded me that we can never just focus on the political side of a human issue like this. I don?t feel like I know what the answer is but I think we all need to keep our eyes open to the people and the...
  • Kristina V. Ramos
    Nov 12, 2017
    It's an interesting story (the only reason I kept reading), but the writing was very bad. 3 things annoyed me the most: -Way too much unimportant statistics (made it seem like a research paper, at times) -No ending at all -Too many unnecessary & boring dialogs, details etc ...
  • Meghan
    Sep 02, 2018
    4.5 or 5 for the character development, personal story and history - this book is a great thoroughly reported tale that has immediate relevance today. Three stars for every time she uses a number because her writing with stats isn?t the clearest. ...
  • Georgi Mendez
    May 08, 2018
    This book touched a nerve. I knew going in it would be a challenging because it would force me to deal with my own experience and fading memories. As an immigrant, it bubbled the same feelings I had suppressed long ago. It was a great mix of a case study/technical writing with the brot...
  • John Newton
    Feb 13, 2019
    I appreciated The Far Away Brothers for its attempt to shine a light on the issue of immigration to the U.S. from El Salvador in a very human way with its portrayal of how the economic distress and gang activity in the country impacts individuals. Markham paints a vivid picture of the ...
  • Hayley
    Jul 10, 2018
    The Far Away Brothers is a moving story about twin boys from El Salvador and not only their journey to the US, but also their life once they got there. Lauren Markham's writing of Ernesto and Raul Flores?s stories has moved me to think differently about the country we live in, my own...
  • Mandy Klehr
    Nov 24, 2017
    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Lauren Markham expertly narrates the story of the twin Flores brothers' journey to becoming Americans. We follow their tale from when they depart El Salvador to when they enter the US and are shortly thereafter caught by border patrol. The ...
  • Julia Keizer
    Nov 30, 2017
    This novel tells the journey of immigration from El Salvador, for three older sons of the Floresfamily. It goes into details of why they had to send their first son and then following him a few years later, their twin sons. It gives details of a country in economic and political turm...