Valeria Luiselli’s Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions (2017) is a 130-page essay full of specific, moving stories about what happens to unaccompanied children at the US-Mexico border. It is based on her experience as a volunteer translator at the federal immigration court in New York City. Her 388-page novel, Lost Children Archive (2019), grew out of the essay and also draws on her own experiences. The novel is a stunningly beautiful fictional documentation of a family road trip. It is a meditation on migration, on what family means, on what it means to suffer loss and to cross borders of all kinds. Luiselli’s perspective is unique: a Mexican immigrant, she is a novelist who has published prizewinning works in both Spanish and English, and she has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University.
About Tell Me How It Ends: “It’s a rare thing: a book everyone should read.” —Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books
About Lost Children Archive: “The novel truly becomes novel again in Luiselli’s hands—electric, elastic, alluring, new.”—Parul Sehgal, The New York Times