Aaron Bobrow-Strain · The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

Friday, September 20 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear Aaron Bobrow-Strain, author of The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story (FSG, $28).


A rich, novelistic tale of a young woman whose life spans both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez depicts the harrowing journey of a deported mother to return to her son in the United States. Having arrived in the U.S. with her mother as a young child, Aida Hernandez grew up undocumented in Douglas, Arizona. She became a mother at sixteen and, enduring a cycle of violence and poverty, found herself imprisoned following an attempt to steal a $6 lego set for her son. Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, Aaron Bobrow-Strain reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border and brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America.


Aaron Bobrow-Strain, a founding member of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition in Washington State, previously worked on the U.S.-Mexico border as an activist and educator. He is currently a professor of politics at Whitman College. His other works include Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas (Duke, $26.95).


In this caring and unforgettable borderland saga, Bobrow-Strain reveals the profound personal toll of the immigration crisis.
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Friday, September 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444


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ISBN: 9780374191979
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 16th, 2019