The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham

Hey munchkins it is the second week of me being back to school and my sleeping schedule is still messing with me to no limits. I can’t seem to get enough sleep but it also doesn’t help that I am getting like 5-7 hours of sleep. How is everyone else’s week going? Anything new and exciting happening? Is there any posts that you would like to see more of from me, If so please comment below. Now let us get to what you came here for, to read my review on this book.


Author: Lauren Markham

Price: $15.95 Hardcover Amazon

Genre: Nonfiction, Ethnics&National, Polical&Social Sciences, Politics

Publisher: Crown

Publishing Date: September 12, 2017

Pages: 322

The Description according to amazon, ” 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 distant land of skyscrapers and Nikes, while his identical twin, Raul, never felt that northbound tug. But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region’s brutal gangs he is forced to flee the country, and Raul, because he looks just like his brother, follows close behind—away from one danger and toward the great American unknown.

In this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration, journalist Lauren Markham follows the seventeen-year-old Flores twins as they make their harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, into the hands of immigration authorities, and from there to their estranged older brother’s custody in Oakland, CA. Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating a new school in a new language, working to pay down their mounting coyote debt, and facing their day in immigration court, while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers—girls, grades, Facebook—with only each other for support. With intimate access and breathtaking range, Markham offers a coming of age tale that is also a nuanced portrait of Central America’s child exodus, an investigation of U.S. immigration policy, and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience.”

My Thoughts On The Book:

  • This is a very eye opening book because most of us live in a quiet town for most of our lives and we haven’t seen the issues others around us, especially the people in this book have to go through.
  • Most of what we see is on the news so reading this allowed me and any other reader to see what others have had to go through personally.
  • This gives us an idea of what immigrants go through in their country and what it is like moving to another country.
  • There really isn’t much to say about this book but to go buy it and read it. I was deeply moved because of this story and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a true story book based on 2 great people.

I give this book a 5/5 stars. 

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.” But all reviews are 100% honest.


If you have read this book please tell me your thoughts and opinion on the book.

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