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Infinite Country ❴PDF / Epub❵ ★ Infinite Country Author Patricia Engel – Thomashillier.co.uk For readers of Valeria Luiselli and Edwidge Danticat, an urgent and lyrical novel about a Colombian family fractured by deportation, offering an intimate perspective on an experience that so many have For readers of Valeria Luiselli and Edwidge Danticat, an urgent and lyrical novel about a Colombian family fractured by deportation, offering an intimate perspective on an experience that so many have endured—and are enduring right now At the dawn of the new millennium, Colombia is a country devastated by half a century of violence Elena and Mauro are teenagers when they meet, their blooming love an antidote to the mounting brutality of life in Bogotá Once their first daughter is born, and facing grim economic prospects, they set their sights on the United States They travel to Houston and send wages back to Elena’s mother, all the while weighing whether to risk overstaying their tourist visas or to return to Bogotá As their family expands, and they move again and again, their decision to ignore their exit dates plunges the young family into the precariousness of undocumented status, the threat of discovery menacing a life already strained When Mauro is deported, Elena, now tasked with caring for their three small children, makes a difficult choice that will ease her burdens but splinter the family even further Awardwinning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel, herself the daughter of Colombian immigrants and a dual citizen, gives voice to Mauro and Elena, as well as their children, Karina, Nando, and Talia—each one navigating a divided existence, weighing their allegiance to the past, the future, to one another, and to themselves Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality for the undocumented in America, Infinite Country is the story of two countries and one mixedstatus family—for whom every triumph is stitched with regret and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred.

    Free Unlimited eBook back to Elena’s mother, all the while weighing whether to risk overstaying their tourist visas or to return to Bogotá As their family expands, and they move again and again, their decision to ignore their exit dates plunges the young family into the precariousness of undocumented status, the threat of discovery menacing a life already strained When Mauro is deported, Elena, now tasked with caring for their three small children, makes a difficult choice that will ease her burdens but splinter the family even further Awardwinning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel, herself the daughter of Colombian immigrants and a dual citizen, gives voice to Mauro and Elena, as well as their children, Karina, Nando, and Talia—each one navigating a divided existence, weighing their allegiance to the past, the future, to one another, and to themselves Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality for the undocumented in America, Infinite Country is the story of two countries and one mixedstatus family—for whom every triumph is stitched with regret and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Infinite Country
  • Patricia Engel
  • 06 November 2019
  • 9781982159467

About the Author: Patricia Engel

Patricia Engel is the author of Infinite Country, forthcoming in Feb ; The Veins of the Ocean, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award; and Vida, a finalist for the PenHemingway and Young Lions Fiction Awards, New York Times Notable Book, and winner of Colombia’s national book award, the Premio Biblioteca de Nar.



10 thoughts on “Infinite Country

  1. Anna Luce Anna Luce says:

    Review to come.

  2. Fatma Fatma says:

    PATRICIA ENGEL HAS A NEW NOVEL COMING OUT NEXT YEAR ?!!?!??!!?

  3. April Gain April Gain says:

    *Note: I received a DRC from the publishers for professional reasons. I’m including feedback on personal accounts honestly and these opinions are my own*

    What would you give up to give your children a better life? How do you choose between pieces of your family? What does it mean to carry the weight of someone else’s absence?

    To say Patricia Engel wrote an immigration novel crystallizes the core of this book but it also deeply undersells it. This is an honest, unflinching portrait of how the immigration system is designed to destroy families and the difficult decisions and ramifications that accompany both staying and leaving one’s homeland. The family at the center of the narrative is of mixed status-undocumented parents with one child born in Colombia and two born in the U.S. This is an incredibly common condition in immigrant families and something that is inadequately addressed in the greater conversation. I think everyone who read and praised American Dirt needs to experience this novel as well, as there is a great deal more insight into this conversation that is stunningly portrayed in the prose.

    Engel has elegantly, beautifully rendered the impact of these stresses on the different members of the family. Although it’s easy to want to scream at the characters for some of the choices they make, by the end you only want to see them all fulfilled, the harm plucked from their souls, and warmth put into their lives.

    It also contains as many amazing insights into life, love, and the nature of humanity as are expected with any of Engel’s well-considered novels. For example, from the viewpoint of wife and mother, Elena:

    “Only women knew the strength it took to love men through their evolution to who they thought they were supposed to be.”

    Or this general observation:

    “People say drugs and alcohol are the greatest and most persuasive narcotics-the elements most likely to ruin a life. They’re wrong. It’s love.”

    Always one of my favorite aspects of Engel’s writing, these observations are just as vividly displayed in Infinite Country, perhaps even more so. This is a novel to fall in love with, to highlight, and keep quotations close to your heart. It is a story that will overwhelm you and an ending you’ll want to read over and over.

  4. Sami Kay Sami Kay says:

    *Thank you to Avid Reader Press for providing an advanced reader copy of this book for professional purposes. All opinions are my own!*

    This book hit hard. And it was grim a lot. And I only smiled a few times.

    But it's totally worth the read, 1000%. It's one of those stories that you'll think about for a long time. As someone white presenting who has never had to go through any sort of process of emigration, it was really stark seeing that these characters had it hanging over their heads every day of their lives like a big cloud. This family's struggle had you rooting for them, and at the same time had you shaking your head at what a fucking nightmare the US has always been.

    Talia wants to leave Columbia for America and has accepted the idea that if she leaves, she will never be able to come back. I really liked the questions that are raised around this decision; she says she wants to leave because of the violence and corruption of Columbia's government, but really, how much better are the United States? People walk into grocery stores, elementary schools, nightclubs, and just start shooting everyone? And the politicians are just as corrupt here, they are just more polite about it.

    Also, the writing is just fantastic. It's smooth, and the prose is succinct.

    When we were deciding if this would be a book we would carry, the question that came up was about Engel herself: is she a person of color? Or is she a white person capitalizing on trauma porn (*cough cough* American Dirt *cough cough*)? But we were pleased to find that she is a Columbian-American writer.

    I absolutely think you should read this book, even if it's just so I can talk to you about it because it's going to be stuck in my head for a long, long time to come.

  5. Melissa Melissa says:

    I finished this book in tears because wow ... this book took my breath away. This story gripped my heart from the beginning. The way the author entwined Andean myths and legends of Colombia into the story made the story itself that much more special. I had to do a little research into these myths because I wasn’t familiar and I encourage you to do the same. The heartache and hope written in these pages is something that resonates with so many of us who have left or fled from our countries. Leaving people behind that you love not knowing if you’ll ever see them again is a trauma that scars you forever. Being separated by man made borders and papers that determine your worth is a pain that sets into your bones that you learn to live with but is always there as a constant reminder of what has been given up.

  6. Lauren Lauren says:

    Wow. This small novel has a powerful kick. A story of immigration, family, love, and loss.

  7. afrobookricua afrobookricua says:

    3.5 ⭐️

    FULL REVIEW ON INSTAGRAM: @AFROBOOKRICUA
    Not enough characters on here.

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