From the two-time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family's summer road trip across America--a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today.A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo--and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera--the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate. But as the family drives farther west--through Virginia...
|Title||:||Lost Children Archive|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
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Lost Children Archive Reviews
Too many words and not enough story. Similar comments appeared on my English Language report when as an earnest 16 year old I would pore over the thesaurus, gleaning longer and more obscure words to weave into my prose. Unfortunately for me the examiners were looking for an easy read which demonstrated a basic grasp of grammar.
As a reader I want a book that gets my attention, tells me a story or provides some descriptive thread, and either educates, thrills or tugs on emotions. In the case of t ...more
Longlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize and a strong contender to win
Whenever the boy and girl talk about child refugees, I realize now, they call them “the lost children.”I suppose the word “refugee”is more difficult to remember. And even if the term “lost”is not precise, in our intimate family lexicon, the refugees become known to us as “the lost children.”And in a way, I guess, they are lost children. They are children who have lost the right to a childhood.
If they hadn’t gotten caught, they pr ...more
Luiselli changes her narrator halfway through this novel and that change made the difference in my appreciation of the novel. The author strains a little at times but overall this was a bold attempt.
Heard Luiselli read from and speak about this tonight. Makes me excited to read it. She spoke about her interest in documentary fiction, while eschewing labels (questions from the crowd and communicability in general forced her hand a bit, I think). She spoke about her writing not being about immigration but instead being with immigration, no foreground, no background. She spoke about being haunted by the notion of archive, and how the interplay between recording and consumption is generative of ...more
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After almost completely immersing myself in Lost Children Archive over three days and loving every single minute of Luiselli's atmospheric novel, I went online to update my Goodreads and was curious to see how many other reviewers weren't breathlessly fangirling. Did I not read the same book as everyone else? I was so completely drawn in to this story that I often felt as though I was right there in the car, in the midst of this fractured fam ...more
What even is this book?!
Good, yes, but it literally had a twenty-page sentence that changed point of view multiple times. Part metafiction, part relatively traditional narrative, part existential musings, part archival finding aid.
So, it takes some dedication, is what I'm saying.
It's smart, but I can see a lot of readers having trouble with it.
The coolest part, for me, is seeing a list of archival studies articles that one character has in a box, which was full of the articles that I am readi ...more
DNF at 20% - but it could definitely just be a case of me not being the right reader for this book at this time. I wanted ALL of the migrant storyline and none of the sound theory (or whatever that part of the book is about - I straight up just didn’t get it). I thought the narrative structure was interesting and there being no character names was also interesting. I LOVED her essay published by Coffee House Press last year. I mistakenly believed this would be a fictionalization of that, and it’ ...more
A husband and wife team, both journalistic professionals, set out on a cross country trip with their two young children, documenting their findings on immigration, imprisonment, discovery, loss and death. Author Valeria Luiselli writes with mixed mediums while she parallels historic occurrences with present day events making Lost Children Archives an exceedingly clever story. One complaint was its length resulting in a loss of interest with the plot and characters.