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Where we come from / Oscar Cásares.

Cásares, Oscar, 1964- author. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Climax Public Library CAS (Text) 33500013070453 New Available -
Cormorant LINK Site CAS (Text) 33500013070461 New Available -
Hallock Public Library CAS (Text) 35500006179871 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525655435
  • ISBN: 0525655433
  • Physical Description: 256 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note: "Borzoi books."
Summary, etc.: "From the acclaimed author Brownsville and Amigoland--a stunning and timely new novel about a Mexican-American family in a Texas border town who reluctantly become involved in smuggling immigrants into the United States. Brownsville, Texas, has a dangerous reputation: it sits on the U.S. side of the bridge into Matamoros, Mexico, a city controlled by notorious cartels. But that isn't why 12-year-old Orly doesn't want to visit. Though he's still grieving the death of his mother, his father, Victor, is making him spend the summer in Brownsville with his godmother, Nina. Now a successful ad executive in Houston, Victor was raised in Brownsville and thinks it will do Orly good to know about his less-privileged roots. But Nina, distracted by having to care for her elderly mother, seems only to have rules for Orly. In particular: Don't go near the back house. . . Nina has spent her own life following rules and sacrificing her own desires for others' needs. But when a single act of kindness toward her desperate Mexican cleaning lady begins to spiral out of control, Nina risks exposure from all sides--not only from her curious godson and her controlling brother, but from ruthless human traffickers and the police. Now, Nina will have to face the secrets she's long kept if she has any hope of helping the people suddenly under her care. Tackling the crisis of U.S. immigration policy from an unusual, deeply humane angle, Where We Come From explores the ways that family history shapes us, how secrets can burden us, and how finding compassion and understanding for others can ultimately set us free"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    When 12-year-old Orly travels from Houston to the border town of Brownsville to visit his godmother, Nina, he discovers a secret: she is hiding Daniel, a Mexican boy his age who has crossed the border illegally, hoping to be reunited with his father, who is living in Chicago. Though wary of each other at first, the two boys bond, Orly wondering what it must be like to be illegal not because you've done something you're not supposed to, but simply because you want to be safe with your family. But speaking of family: Nina's heartless brother, Beto, is suspicious and resolutely determined to find out what his sister is up to. Nearly discovered by Beto, Daniel flees; but where can he go? Can he possibly make it to Chicago on his own? In this gentle novel, Cásares has done a beautiful job of answering Orly's questions for the reader, creating a vivid portrait of a boy caught between two worlds. The story is a necessary exercise in empathy at a time when there is too little for the Daniels of the world. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

OSCAR CÁSARES is the author of Brownsville, a collection of stories that was an American Library Association Notable Book of 2004, and is now included in the curriculum at several American universities, and the novel Amigoland. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Copernicus Society of America, and the Texas Institute of Letters. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he teaches creative writing at the University of Texas in Austin, where he lives.

Subject: FICTION / Family Life.
FICTION / Literary.
Human smuggling > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Mexican Americans > Fiction.
Brownsville (Tex.) > Fiction.
Genre: Novels.

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