Join Claudia Caballero, Executive Director of Centro Hispano de East Tennessee, for a discussion of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham on Wednesday, March 28, at noon in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium. Bring your lunch or pick up something downtown. Drinks are available for fifty cents. Reading the book is optional.
Markham's subject in The Far Away Brothers is the struggle of identical twins Ernesto and Raul to escape El Salvador's violence and build new lives in California. Under mortal threat by the MS-13 gang in rural El Salvador after the civil war, the twins fled for their lives in 2013. They met the author as students at Oakland International High School where she worked. Dozens of other students also told her their stories of how and why they came to the United States as unaccompanied, undocumented minors.
“I thought I knew the immigration story from the inside, because I hear so much at work," Caballero said. "This book took me to a different, more compassionate place.” Caballero was born in the western mountains of Honduras and earned a bachelors in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Honduras. She spent most of her early childhood and teen life moving between Honduras and the United States. Now that she has made Tennessee her home, she has dedicated her time to finding and opening opportunities for immigrants in her community to become thriving, healthy, prosperous individuals.
Books Sandwiched In is generously sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.