The death and life of Aida Hernandez : a border story / Aaron Bobrow-Strain.
What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system? When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida's mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America. Undocumented, Aida fought to make her way. She learned English, watched Friends, and, after having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City. But life had other plans. Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers. To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey. The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survival--but returning to the United States was just the beginning of her quest. Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.
When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later Aida's mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America. Undocumented, Aida learned English, had a baby at sixteen, and dreamed of teaching dance. A misstep led to her deportation, and Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers. To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey. Bobrow-Strain reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. -- adapted from jacket.
- ISBN: 9780374191979
- ISBN: 0374191972
- Physical Description: viii, 416 pages ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
- Copyright: ©2019
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-404).
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Prologue: The death of Aida Hernandez -- No country for young women. Girl in a labyrinth ; English without barriers ; A sudden storm ; Miles of wall and no time to sleep ; The new millennium, her own quiet war ; Better living through border security ; Dance steps ; American dreaming ; No country for young women -- Trauma red. Hunger is worse ; Madera ; Exile and belonging ; La roca ; The railroad yard ; The black palace ; Trauma red -- Slipknot. Lucky Ema ; All the monsters at once ; The healer ; Leaving the world and fighting to rejoin it ; The "Show me your papers" state ; What care can do ; Slipknot -- Going away to come back. Ema's journey ; The underworld ; Aida's voice ; Aida and Ema ; Going away to come back ; To Battery Park -- Epilogue: The life of Aida Hernandez.
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