Solito: A Memoir

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Price
$28.00  $26.04
Publisher
Hogarth Press
Publish Date
Pages
400
Dimensions
6.4 X 9.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780593498064

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About the Author

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador in 1990. His father fled the country when he was one, and his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents' migrations were caused by the U.S.-funded Salvadoran Civil War. When he was nine Javier migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and the Sonoran Desert. His debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, explores the impact of the war and immigration on his family. Zamora has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard and holds fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Reviews

"A gripping memoir... Solito is special for many reasons, but the main one is Zamora's voice and the energy of his vivid retelling of his journey . . . And that makes it required reading."--Gabino Iglesias, NPR

"Zamora . . . recounts in absorbing detail the dangerous, weekslong journey he took from El Salvador to reunite with his parents in the United States when he was just 9."--The New York Times

"The magic of this book lies not only in the beguiling voice of young Javier, or the harrowing journey and immense bravery of the migrants, or in the built-in hero's journey of this narrative. It's hard to reconcile the fact that this book hasn't always been with us. How can something so essential and fundamental to the American story not already be part of our canon?"--San Francisco Chronicle

"An important, beautiful work."--The New York Times Book Review

​"Zamora's [Solito] is a distinctly American memoir, and he tells a distinctly American story."--The Nation

"A monumental accomplishment."--Oprah Daily

"Crafted with stunning intimacy . . . you'll feel so close to the boy [Zamora] was then that you'll think about him long after the book is done. It's impossible not to feel both immersed in and changed by this extraordinary book."--Los Angeles Times

"Solito is a stone-cold masterpiece, an absolute masterpiece. I know I used that word twice. That's how you know I mean it."--Emma Straub

"A riveting tale of perseverance and the lengths humans will go to help each other in times of struggle. With [Solito], Javier Zamora arrives to the forefront of essential American voices."--Dave Eggers

"What Javier Zamora has accomplished in Solito feels miraculous. This is a pitch-perfect recapturing of the voice, consciousness, and emotions of [Zamora's] nine-year-old self."--Francisco Goldman

"An instant classic. . . Javier Zamora has elevated the 'child migrant story' to new literary heights."--Jose Antonio Vargas

"A new landmark in the literature of migration, and in nonfiction writ large."--Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes a River

"In luminous prose . . . with tenderness and searing honesty Zamora writes, for the first time, a Salvadoran account of what it takes to reach the border, cross it on foot, and survive. I cannot recommend this book enough, nor overstate its accomplishment."--Carolyn Forche

"Solito is a revelation."--Daniel Alarcón

"[A] beautifully wrought work that renders the migrant experience into a vivid, immediately accessible portrayal."--Kirkus Review (starred review)

"A stirring portrait of the power of human connection . . . an immensely moving story."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)