Infinite Country

A Novel

    • 4.0 • 189 Ratings
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Publisher Description

A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK and INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE 2021 NEW AMERICAN VOICES AWARD, LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL, AND A NATIONAL ENDOWMENT OF THE ARTS “BIG READS” SELECTION

“A profound, beautiful novel.” —People * “Poignant.” —BuzzFeed * “A breathtaking story of the unimaginable prices paid for a better life.” —Esquire

This “heartbreaking portrait of a family dealing with the realities of migration and separation” (Time) is “a sweeping love story and tragic drama [and] an authentic vision of what the American Dream looks like in a nationalistic country” (Elle).

I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country.

Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family.

How this family came to occupy two different countries, two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. We see Talia’s parents, Mauro and Elena, fall in love in a market stall as teenagers against a backdrop of civil war and social unrest. We see them leave Bogotá with their firstborn, Karina, in pursuit of safety and opportunity in the United States on a temporary visa, and we see the births of two more children, Nando and Talia, on American soil. We witness the decisions and indecisions that lead to Mauro’s deportation and the family’s splintering—the costs they’ve all been living with ever since.

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel, herself a dual citizen and the daughter of Colombian immigrants, gives voice to all five family members as they navigate the particulars of their respective circumstances. Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality of the undocumented in America, Infinite Country “is as much an all-American story as it is a global one” (Booklist, starred review).

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2021
March 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
8.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Richard Bakare ,

Splintered Dreams

This book does an amazing job at illustrating how life splinters along the way, and occasionally heals along those fissures. Not back to what it was but not entirely foreign either. Separation is told by way of the splintering of family. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The separation of the children, lovers, and the self. Like ashes spread across the land by wind.

The fragmentation is told in the splintering of a country. The Guerrillas, Narcos, the corrupt Government officials. Fracturing the country into the fiefdoms, the boundaries marked by bodies. The splintering of one nation into its many parts. It’s history no longer a single thread; the shards of which now represented by the Colombian history told In the stories of the first inhabitants and their erasure by the conquistadors.

The breakup is shown in the splintering of dreams, as illustrated by the realities of the migrants seeking something more in a land not their own. The soaring hopes of each family member brought down to earth by the bitter reality and ugliness of the world. Somehow though in the end, even with the reader’s own heart shattering along the way, redemption is found. A very moving and telling story that reminds me of all of the best parts of “Behold the Dreamers.”

AISCAR ,

Inspirational

A fine book written for those who have no idea what it is like to immigrate and immigration. A story of true love, told thru the eyes of a family.

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