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.”
—Booklist Starred Review