Solito: A Memoir


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Hogarth Press
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6.44 X 9.48 X 1.34 inches | 1.46 pounds

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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.


"Zamora, a poet, 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 (One of September's Most Anticipated Books)

"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. The magic comes from the deep humanity with which Zamora tells the story. . . . 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

"Zamora's storytelling is crafted with stunning intimacy, and you'll feel so close to the boy he 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, author of the #1 bestseller This Time Tomorrow

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

"What Javier Zamora has accomplished in Solito feels miraculous. This is a pitch-perfect recapturing of the voice, consciousness, and emotions of his nine-year-old self sent on what at times feels like a child hero's fantastic adventure into the brutal adult world."--Francisco Goldman, author of Monkey Boy

"An instant classic, not only of the United States of America, but of all the Americas . . . Javier Zamora has elevated the 'child migrant story' to new literary heights."--Jose Antonio Vargas, author of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

"A harrowing but beautiful book that perfectly distills this moment in time; if there's any justice, it will someday be considered a classic."--Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind

"In luminous prose, in harrowing and fierce detail, 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, author of What You Have Heard Is True

"Solito is a revelation."--Daniel Alarcón, author of The King Is Always Above the People

"[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)