Where We Come From

Where We Come From

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"Brownsville, Texas, has a dangerous reputation: it sits on the U.S. side of the bridge into Matamoros, Mexico, a city controlled by notorious cartels. But that isn't why 12-year-old Orly doesn't want to visit. Though he's still grieving the death of his mother, his father, Victor, is making him spend the summer in Brownsville with his godmother, Nina. Now a successful ad executive in Houston, Victor was raised in Brownsville and thinks it will do Orly good to know about his less-privileged roots. But Nina, distracted by having to care for her elderly mother, seems only to have rules for Orly. In particular: Don't go near the back house. Nina has spent her own life following rules and sacrificing her own desires for others' needs. But when a single act of kindness toward her desperate Mexican cleaning lady begins to spiral out of control, Nina risks exposure from all sides--not only from her curious godson and her controlling brother, but from ruthless human traffickers and the police. Now, Nina will have to face the secrets she's long kept if she has any hope of helping the people suddenly under her care."--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525655435
0525655433
Branch Call Number: FIC CASARES 2019
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 22 cm

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12-year-old Orly leaves Houston after his mother’s death to spend time with his godmother Nina in a small border town. Orly discovers that Nina is housing undocumented immigrants and forms a bond with another boy his age in this emotional, resonant coming-of-age novel.

Cásares is from Brownsville, Texas, located just across the border from Matamoros, Mexico.


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12grandchildren
Feb 22, 2020

The book brought me to tears and laughter. He should write more because we all want to remember are sad and good times as we grew up. All I can think to say to this author is THANK YOU!

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