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Lost Children Archive
Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
From the two-time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family's summer road trip across America--a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today. A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo--and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera--the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate. But as the family drives farther west--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure--both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations. Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images--including prior stories of migration and displacement--Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving.
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AudreyMorris
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5⭐️. Wow. This book is excellent, with many topics/threads: a marriage, a road trip, new projects for husband wife with topics that seem very different but are really quite similar. Parenting. Does history repeat itself? Can fiction become fact and fact fiction?

BarbaraBB Is it an easy read? I‘m thinking of taking it with me on vacation but I always have to think then of my husband‘s taste as well... 😀 2d
AudreyMorris @BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t say it‘s easy. There is a lot to think about and it is definitely literary. But I had no problem finishing it in less than a week. 2d
BarbaraBB That sounds doable for my husband too (he is more into journalism than into fiction). Thanks!! 2d
ReadingEnvy I finished it a few days ago and I'm only now starting to be able to let it go. 2d
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ReadingEnvy
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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli might be the best book I've read all year. It's about refugees, lost children, memory, family, and what can truly be captured about a place or moment in time. Personal connections abound - sound capture, archival boxes, Steven Feld, marriage, so much that goes deep and I'll be thinking about for some time.

kspenmoll Great review! 2d
andrew61 Definitely one i want to read - there is a good interview with the author on the literary friction podcast. 2d
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 literary... Friction? Ha! 2d
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andrew61 @ReadingEnvy yes it's a good listen. P.s listened to the Thomas episode this week and id forgotten how much i miss his voice ☺ 2d
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 yes I love his voice too 2d
Lindy @andrew61 I liked hearing Thomas‘s voice again too. 2d
BarbaraBB I just asked @AudreyMorris the same question: Is it an easy read? I‘m thinking of taking it with me on vacation but I always have to think then of my husband‘s taste as well... 😀 2d
ReadingEnvy @BarbaraBB why, are you thinking of audio? I am not sure I'd do this in audio because there are artifacts and archival box descriptions. it's serious in subject matter but most of the book is written in chapters broken up into even smaller sections (which I think makes it easier to get in and out of.) Interestingly it's about a woman and her husband headed towards the end of a marriage, potentially. 2d
ReadingEnvy @BarbaraBB also the topics are wide ranging - the Apache, sound recording, anthropology, refugees, survival, etc etc 2d
BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t bring it on audio but we mostly share our books while travelling just to keep the luggage under control. But the book does sound really good! 2d
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ReadingEnvy
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How about you?

Prairiegirl_reading I can‘t mark a book!! 1w
Geeklet I don‘t normally write in books. The idea freaks me out. 1w
Daisey I don't generally write in books, but I've started to a bit more with my postal book group. I think it can be really interesting to make notes and highlight a book and then read it again later, or to compare notes with other readers. 1w
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Dorianna I was raised never to do that and for some reason I am incapable of rebelling against it. I do enjoy getting a used book with surprise highlights and underlines. I like to imagine the person doing it and wondering why they chose their markings. Was the book assigned for school? Did these passages stop being important to them? If so why? It‘s like a little mystery for me. (edited) 1w
Soubhiville I‘ve found after participating in a couple of Postal bookclubs that I don‘t like marking up books, and I find it really distracting to read a book that has been written in. I don‘t mind stick in page notes, though, which I use to mark quotes or passages I might want to come back to. 1w
ReadingEnvy @Soubhiville I used to keep a running document of quotations from books I was reading that brings up memories when I go back to it... I find myself wishing I still did that. 1w
ReadingEnvy @Dorianna it's like seeing inside their heads! 1w
ReadingEnvy @Prairiegirl_reading @Geeklet do you keep notes from books then? 1w
Geeklet @ReadingEnvy I used to keep a reading journal but I didn‘t keep up with it well enough to continue with it. I just enjoy books in the moment and don‘t worry too much about note taking. I never expect to remember much about books anyway, I just remember the feelings I have associated with them. 1w
Prairiegirl_reading @ReadingEnvy sometimes I‘ll use sticky tabs and I sometimes keep notes in a notebook but as much as I would actually like to. 1w
Soubhiville @ReadingEnvy I have a quotes journal! I really like looking back through it. I use page flags to mark quotes as I‘m reading, then go back later and copy quotes into the journal. 1w
ReadingEnvy @Soubhiville excellent I had one once and stuck with it for four pages .. I have a hard time making journal commitments ... Sigh 1w
Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading @Soubhiville I use flags to mark passages and then flip back to reread them. I also keep a journal of favourite quotes (I‘m on my second one now), but use it only sporadically. You may have noticed that I use Litsy as a place to record quotes as well. 😉 1w
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Redheadrambles
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May was a little bit of a meh month of reading for me. The theme being one of books I expected to be great turning out to be a series of disappointments. The exception being the wonderful Lost Children Archive. As a result I am trying to stack June with as many sure things as possible!
#monthlywrapup #mayreadingstats #indiebuddyreads

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Still a good month! Hopefully you enjoy June's reading more though. 😊💖📚 2w
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

A family falling apart goes on a road trip.

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Redwritinghood
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#indiebuddyreads This book is a profound look at displacement and the documentation of our shared histories. The characters in the book mainly document their world via sound. With illusions to multiple literary and musical works, this book tells the story of a crumbling marriage and the forced displacement of people, particularly children, via the slave trades, Native American relocations, the orphan trains, and the current migrant situation. 4⭐️

ClairesReads Great review Jerrie- glad you enjoyed this one too 3w
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Hoopiefoot
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I finished this book last night and have to say that it shook me to my very core.

Not quite able to let the book go yet (and I‘m not sure I ever will), so I‘m listening to Philip Glass‘ “Metamorphosis” on repeat this morning. I read that Valeria Luiselli listened to this work while she was writing the book and so it‘s helping me feel more connected to everything.

Moray_Reads Love Philip Glass. A couple of years ago I saw an opera of The Trial by Franz Kafka composed by Glass. I'm not a big opera fan but it was excellent 4w
Hoopiefoot @Moray_Reads I was a music major in college and piano was my main instrument but somehow I never spent much time with his works. I‘m sad I missed the chance to play them back then but really enjoy discovering them now. (edited) 4w
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Hoopiefoot
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Quiet morning relaxing with my tea & tagged book because last night Mr H and I went to see the horseshoe crabs on the Delaware Bay during the full moon. It was sooooo cool! But also way past my bedtime.

Shaaaannnn Woah! Super cool! 1mo
julesG Wow, that's pretty cool. 1mo
Grrlbrarian Horseshoe crabs 😍 1mo
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DivineDiana This is fascinating! 1mo
8little_paws Omg every so often I realize what a city slicker I am because this is TERRIFYING 1mo
Hoopiefoot @8little_paws If it makes you feel better they are completely harmless & the eggs they were laying last night will help feed little shorebirds who are flying from South America to the Arctic 😀 1mo
Texreader Amazing 1mo
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mklong
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So this is a novel about a crumbling marriage, a road trip, cruelty to Native Americans, cruelty to migrant families (especially children), and the place of art and history amid all of this. That all sounds like way too much, but somehow it worked for me. Luiselli is guilty at times of trying too hard to make the mundane seem profound, but she pulls it off often enough to create some gorgeous prose, that I‘m willing to forgive the missteps.

Redheadrambles @mklong I am so happy you enjoyed this as well - nice review 1mo
GatheringBooks second time today i‘ve read a rave review about this novel - it is calling out to me! 1mo
Redwritinghood I‘m working my way through it slowly. I‘m glad you liked it. 1mo
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mklong @Redwritinghood I‘m interested to see where you land on it. It wasn‘t universally loved in our little group, so you‘ll have company wherever you end up. 1mo
mklong @GatheringBooks I hope you like it! 1mo
mklong @Redheadrambles Thanks Trudie! I‘m on a bit of a roll recently. The last 11 books I‘ve read all rated at least 4 stars. 1mo
ClairesReads Glad you liked this one too Katie 3w
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ClairesReads
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One last pitch perfect quote #indiebuddyreads

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ClairesReads
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Ali Smith describes Luiselli as a “novelist of rare vitality” and this is a perfect description of how I felt about this novel. Lost Children Archive is a nuanced, observational analysis of a family in crisis, juxtaposed against the wider human refugee crisis. Through this narrative Luiselli also explores the nature and purpose of archiving and storytelling. It‘s an exceptional achievement. #indiebuddyreads

mklong Lovely review! I hope to finish today. 1mo
ClairesReads @mklong thank you Katie! I look forward to reading your thoughts and discussing xx 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I‘m really looking forward to this one, even though I‘m not a big fan of Luiselli. The theme sounds so good and makes me want to read it. (edited) 1mo
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RidgewayGirl I‘m reading this now and enjoying it, although I had to go buy a copy as I‘m finding it needs to be read slowly. 1mo
Redwritinghood Great review. I hope to catch up soon. Started it a couple of days ago and love the writing. 1mo
bedandabook Very good review, and I‘ve heard mixed things about this one so it‘s great to hear such positivity. Looking forward to getting to it soon. 1mo
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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

I think this is stunning. It is so many things - a story of child migrants but also of parenting, it‘s about a relationship in breakdown but also how we record history. It is a conversation between this book and other works fiction dealing with journeys. It‘s eclectic and digressive yet also “page-turning”. One of only a handful of novels that really capture this moment in time for me ( the other being the eminent Ali Smith)

ClairesReads I one hundred agree although I‘m not quite done 1mo
mklong @ClairesReads @Redheadrambles Same here. It‘s the first Indiespensible book I‘ve gotten in a while that I am thrilled to have a signed copy of. 1mo
Redheadrambles @mklong yes agree we have had a few so-so‘s recently but this makes up for it. 1mo
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ClairesReads
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This bit really touched my soul #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles @ClairesReads Tis always a good sign when your doing quoting ! 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I fully intend to finish tonight and honestly spoiler alert I love it 1mo
Redheadrambles @clairesreads I get such childish glee when we both love a book it is ridiculous;) 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles me too- but also when we both hate one Hahahhaa 1mo
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ClairesReads
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Um, this appears brilliant so far #indiebuddyreads

readordierachel I just got this from the library. You're making me want to ditch all my current reads and start it! 1mo
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ClairesReads
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This is immensely quotable #indiebuddyreads

merelybookish Yes! So many good quotes! 1mo
Redheadrambles Yes! It‘s so smart - I can‘t wait to discuss it more fully next weekend 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles same! Gives me a chance to finish reading it 1mo
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ClairesReads
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#indiebuddyreads time again 🙏🏻

Redwritinghood Yay! Hopefully, I‘ll be starting it this weekend. 1mo
Redheadrambles Cool Claire - it‘s an interesting one ! 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood yay! I‘m looking forward to discussing it with you both 😊 1mo
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merelybookish Oooh! I read this! It challenged me but I liked it more than I expected. 1mo
ClairesReads @merelybookish that sounds promising! 1mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I am in the middle of it now and I am becoming more and more impressed- it does edge towards pretension there sometimes but it‘s worthwhile 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I‘m only just starting because my week turned out to be more shambolic than expected, but I‘m finding it quote-worthy already which is a good sign. Prevention is usually something I like a bit of (for reasons even I can‘t understand so I‘m quite hopeful). Glad to hear you‘re enjoying it too x 1mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads it is uber quote worthy ! 1mo
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Mitch
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A great reading month for me - and they all seem to have a touch of coral on the cover! I‘ve started reading pairs ( 1 Fiction and a linked non fiction) that‘s been great. So this month I‘ve cried with Luiselli and Rao, been stranded in the North Sea, taken a trip west via horse and a trip down 5th Avenue in heels. The only disappointment was The Binding. Which started so well but didn‘t live up to the premise. #aprilwrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Excellent reading! 📖💖 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a great reading month! 2mo
ClairesReads Oh I LOVED West this month too. Just starting the tagged book tonight 2mo
Mitch @ClairesReads it was darker than I thought it would be - really loved the depth she managed to go to in such a slim volume 2mo
ClairesReads @Mitch I was so impressed by that too. I can‘t wait to read more of her writing 2mo
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bookandcat
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Happy Easter and Passover week or whatever you may celebrate!
A few weeks ago I posted about how I had had a massive reading slump and felt like I was finally coming out of it. Well, here's my collage of April (finished) books so far! Lots of 5 stars reads in here (listed in comments), you can look at my goodreads.com/bookandcat for more details.

bookandcat 5 star reads: 2mo
bookandcat -Lost Children Archive
-Improvement
-If Beale Street Could Talk
-The Neon Bible
-Hollywood's Eve
-Radium Girls
-Crowned and Moldering
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Wow! Great April and great recovery!!! 2mo
Zelma Yay, way to some of that slump! 👏 2mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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“ Only such a narrative can justify decades of dirty war, interventionist policies, and the overall delusion of moral and cultural superiority of the world‘s economic and military powers.”

Trashcanman Amen 2mo
batsy Think I'm going to love this book. 2mo
Suet624 Truth. 2mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Tereses Looks amazing, I love this book already #TBRpile 2mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Have you ever been compelled to search up a piece of music because your current read mentions it?

Tereses Yes and art as well from Helen Garner, Ali Smith and Marcus Zuzak just to name a few 2mo
Loreen I did this today! 2mo
CrowCAH Yes, I have! I‘m very into movie scores and classical pieces. 2mo
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JSW Absolutely!!! And food or drinks too. 2mo
Lcsmcat Yep. Or, if I know it, it gets stuck in my head. (I have that same Copeland album.) 2mo
Jas16 All the time 2mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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This is Box II.

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WanderingBookaneer
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You gotta be careful what you say around kids.

readordierachel 😆😆😆 2mo
JoScho 😂😂😂 2mo
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youneverarrived
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The first half of this I absolutely loved but then when it shifted to the son‘s narration it kind of lost me. There‘s stories within stories. It‘s well written & the idea is brilliant but it almost felt like it was trying to do too much. Not a very memorable read for me. I did like the ending though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

charl08 Yeah , I'd be surprised if it's shortlisted. 2mo
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Abailliekaras
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Easter listening: Annie & I discuss ‘Lost Children Archive‘ by Valeria Luiselli on Books On The Go. 🎧 And what should you do if you‘re not enjoying a book - put it aside or read to the end? #AskingForAFriend 🤷🏼‍♀️ #WomensPrize

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Expandingbookshelf
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“All I see in hindsight is the chaos of history repeated, over and over, re-enacted, reinterpreted, the world, it‘s fucked-up heart palpitating underneath us, failing, messing up again and again as it wound its way around a sun, and in the middle of it all, tribes, families, people, all beautiful things falling apart, debris, dust, erasure.”

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Mitch
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This walks the line between fiction and non fiction - dipping a toe either side! I was swept up the politics,drama, heartbreak and the anger - it felt like reading a very intelligence, nuanced, essay collection. With shifting narrators, perspectives & time jumps, plus inclusion of polaroids 'made' along the journey of the book,its an interesting format. It‘s an amazingly complex book - full of rage, injustice and tears.I was moved by it.

TheNerdyProfessor I'm glad to see a positive review of this one. It was on all the lists of anticipated books but the reviews I've seen haven't been very favorable. 2mo
charl08 I think your description of it as on the boundaries (borders?!) of NF/F is one reason why it's hard to come to terms with: so hard to categorise. 2mo
RachelO Can you remind me of the nf that you read alongside this one? 2mo
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Mitch @TheNerdyProfessor it was challenging but I felt the experimental style structure really worked. It was both intense and sparse - which mirrors the subject matter well I think. 2mo
Mitch @charl08 absolutely- it‘s a book that won‘t be categorised 2mo
RachelO Thank you! 2mo
Fridameetslucy Tried to buy it yesterday in NYC only to find out that it can only be ordered on amazon through a third vendor. I read a quote here in litsy from the book “I hope the word to end all wars will come before the war to end all words” and I was reminded of a william Carlos Williams passage about words unraveling. Both gobstruck me albeit 30 years apart. Today with a new sense of urgency however. 2mo
Mitch @Fridameetslucy 👍🏼 2mo
Fridameetslucy @mitch I bought it last night !! Ty I believe it was your train ride pic that called me into this book. I‘m a train traveler any chance I can get ! 2mo
Mitch @Fridameetslucy 🤣I enjoyed it a lot. The Polaroid‘s are cool too. 2mo
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Abailliekaras
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Mixed feelings but I‘m bailing because I‘m not enjoying it and I have tooo many other books to read. Intelligent, strong writing - she has a wide-ranging mind & is innovative with form & language. But I don‘t need all of this on the page - I just want to be told a story, & I can glean from the story how smart the author is. She wants to tell a story of Mexican refugee children but doesn‘t: instead it‘s told through the prism of narrator & family.

8little_paws Yup agreed this was a major misstep 2mo
Abailliekaras @8little_paws I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 2mo
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Abailliekaras
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It‘s the last day of daylight saving - soon it will be too dark fur my evening garden reading. 😢 On The otter hand, autumn and winter are perfect reading seasons. 😉 I‘m starting this with trepidation after hearing mixed reviews. 😬📖

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Mitch
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Trains and buses - take me there! The #readingretreat is drawing closer! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Suet624 This photo made me take a nice deep breath. Thank you for that. 2mo
Mitch @Suet624 my please ... now breathe! 2mo
laurenbescoby Please please take lots of photos and share! I want to live it through you all x 2mo
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Mitch
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My train is waaaaay too early today - who thought booking a train for 06:23 was a good idea! Looking forward though to two uninterrupted hours of reading 👏🏻👏🏻

squirrelbrain Where are you heading today? More reading / library practice ready for the weekend?! 🤣 2mo
Mitch @squirrelbrain Today I‘m in the Norfolk Broads! Photography work, no libraries today ( although, never say never!) 2mo
squirrelbrain Lovely, although hope the weather holds off for you! 2mo
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Mitch
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Quiet train journey home with a new book

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merelybookish
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Aptly, today's mail 🖕How do you write a novel about our current political moment? About refugees being deported or detained? That is the question at the heart of this book. But it's also a road trip novel, about families and how they can fall apart. I was skeptical going in, but Luiselli won me over. Her writing is undeniable, and her ability to tackle the personal and the political while also quoting Susan Sontag and David Bowie is brilliant. 👇

merelybookish Near the end, the narrative voice switches from the mother to the son. I understood this move but didnt find it entirely successful. In her last novel, Luiselli used rhetoric to structure the story. This time the archive becomes her storytelling mode as it offers a means of documenting and collecting, in the hopes of making sense of the senseless, of creating an inadequate memory of what should not be lost. 3mo
Trashcanman Feed me apricot seeds. 3mo
merelybookish @Trashcanman Yikes, sounds like a bad idea!!! 3mo
charl08 I thought the essay was more effective, but she writes so beautifully I'd still read everything she publishes! 3mo
kspenmoll Wonderful review💕 3mo
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Jillsandypants
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Super boring. I listened to this on audio, and it didn‘t help that it was read by the author, who sounded like an apathetic teenager who was called on to read out loud in class. She sounded like she would rather be doing almost anything else besides read her book.

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Mitch
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So... I‘m travelling in late April, and bookshops are a bit part of that! So I‘m avoiding bookshops and looking at new releases from now until then! Four weeks will be a test of my willpower! So to mark the occasion I‘ve splurged all my remaining Christmas gift cards ! Wish me luck.....4 weeks is a long time! 🤣

Emilymdxn Good luck! Orchestra of minorities is an incredible book 3mo
Mitch @Emilymdxn I‘m going to see him talk at The British Library in the summer..so thought I‘d get this in before then! 3mo
Emilymdxn Oh that sounds awesome! I might see if I can get a ticket 3mo
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merelybookish I'm reading the Lost Children Archive right now. I really like it! 3mo
LeahBergen I just bought the Lizzie Borden, too! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts I have this tagged book stacked ... 👍🏻♥️.. must investigate your other posted books here 3mo
Mitch @merelybookish I missed hearing her talk this week. I was gutted because it looks a great book. 3mo
Mitch @LeahBergen I saw the movie ( in my defence I didn‘t know a book was coming out!) and really enjoyed it. So excited to read this one - and the cover is beautiful ! 3mo
Mitch @Cathythoughts 👏🏻❤️👏🏻 3mo
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merelybookish
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Another quotation from the tagged book which is wrestling (in part) with the role of art in the midst of today's horrible realities.
I'm completely under its spell. 😍

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📚⚡🕯️🧠♥️

BarbaraBB How is the book? I‘m s intrigued by it! 3mo
Cathythoughts What an amazing quote ✨✨✨✨✨ 3mo
batsy I love this 💜 3mo
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merelybookish @BarbaraBB It's compelling and experimental, so far! Not sure where it's going but want to keep reading to see. And her prose is gorgeous! 3mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts @batsy I'm glad you like it! I thought it was really good too! The passage went on to talk about how words don't necessarily offer illumination but can be like a lit tip of a cigarette in the dark. Very powerful, but I ran out of room. 🤷 3mo
Centique Amazing quote - that‘s the feeling exactly! 🙌🙌 3mo
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merelybookish
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Started this on audio today. It's on the long list for the Women's Prize for Fiction. I loved her previous novel The Story of My Teeth. But this one feels very different so far.

8little_paws You might be a better fit than I, but this book really didn't work for me 3mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts, I‘ve been eyeing this book for a while. 3mo
merelybookish @8little_paws Thanks for the heads up! I'm not far but it feels very heavy. 3mo
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Abailliekaras
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A mini book-haul in Sydney. 📚

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Booksnchill
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Reading my NYRB issue this morning and here is a picure of Luiselli in a review by Claire Messud about 5 of Luiselli‘s books. I have the tagged book up soon as I am reading some of the Women‘s prize long list. This is a 2019 photo- she looks so young!

wanderinglynn I had to look her age up. She is only 35, but she definitely looks younger in that photo. 3mo
Booksnchill She certainly does 3mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Getting started on this one tonight.

AlexGeorge I‘ve heard great things. 3mo
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8little_paws
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Panpan

Letting Lana speak for me. I appreciate the intent on this critical topic, but this book felt disorganized, and too much like a literary art project to really bring the reader in. Also perpetuates the "vanishing Indian" trope

charl08 Yes. I preferred the earlier book she wrotr: shorter, more focused. 3mo
chapter_fifty2017 Strange as its been so lauded sometimes books are so overhyped . 3mo
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strandbookstore
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Pickpick

🌹 For #writercrushwednesday this week, we want to show some appreciation for the immensely talented author Valeria Luiselli, who pens a compelling and sensory portrait of a family on a road trip across America during an “immigration crisis” on the southwestern border of the United States. Author Tommy Orange (of There, There) says the book is “Impossibly smart, full of beauty, heart and insight...Everyone should read this book.” Agreed.

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sophierayton
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Mehso-so

I didn't like this book too much, but I appreciate it as a literary novel. I think it will likely be shortlisted for prizes this year.
It's about a blended family driving around America. The rhetoric is strong on the plight of refugee children and families.

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Liberty
Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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IT‘S NEW BOOK DAY! Here are some of today‘s new books! What are you excited to read? 📚❤️📚

8little_paws GO READ THE NIGHT TIGER IT'S FANTASTIC!!!🎉🎉🎉 4mo
Crazeedi I'm so excited, I have to check these all out! 4mo
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Kimberlone Can‘t wait for 4mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled New Charlie Jane? 😮 4mo
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ohyeahthatgirl
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My new ARC matches the painting my friend made. So excited to read this.

readordierachel Pretty! 6mo
Suet624 Ooohhh. So pretty. 6mo
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Suzze
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Page one......looking forward to this.

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Heatherleegee
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As my co-bookseller told me yesterday: “You are in for a couple of TURNS, a good helping of THOUGHTS, & no small amount of FEELS” #truth #lostchildrenarchive

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Mownab
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“On the radio, we listen to a longer report on the child refugees. We had decided not to listen to any more news about this, not when our children were awake. But the recent developments, and in particular the story about the children to be deported near Roswell, now thrust me back into the urgency of the world outside our car.” —Valeria Luiselli

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