Curbstone Press 2009
About the book: Though haunted by memories of his father's arrest in Pinochet's Chile, Daniel Aguilar has made a new life for himself in the United States--far from politics. But when his father is released, Daniel sees what years of prison and torture have done. Trying to reach his father, Daniel, along with his "gringa" girlfriend, finds himself in the democracy struggle of the country he thought he left behind.
My review: Gringolandia was an intensely captivating read.
The characters, especially Daniel, were all intriguing to watch as they dealt with this person who is no where near the one they remember. Watching Daniel struggle to equate this person who once laughed and smiled with this new father who is sullen and demanding after the torture he experienced is tough. Yet I couldn't blame Daniel's father for the rough transition everyone is experiencing. Who would not be changed after being hideously tortured?
Then we realize that Daniel's dad is completely serious about returning to Chile, even after everything that has happened. He refuses to leave a battle half-fought, even if it puts him and his family in grave danger. I have never studied Chile's political history before, so I had no idea how anything would end. Gringolandia definitely kept me guessing.
This book is, as I said before, a captivating read, and I highly recommend you check it out.
About the Author: Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the Editor-in-Chief of MultiCultural Review, the author of the award-winning reference book Our Family, Our Friends, Our World: An Annotated Guide to Significant Multicultural Books for Children and Teenagers (1992), the editor of Once Upon a Cuento (2003), a collection of short stories for young readers by Latino authors, and the author of the novel Dirt Cheap (2006), an eco-thriller for adult readers. For Gringolandia, she received a Work-in-Progress Grant from the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators.
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Nov 6 Sarah Sarah’s Random Musings
Nov 9 Faye Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm
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Monday, November 2, 2009