The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

By | January 8, 2018
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child Author Francisco Jiménez
ISBN-10 0826317979
ISBN-13 9780826317971
Year 1997-10-01
Pages 134
Language English
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
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After dark in a Mexican border town a father holds open a hole in a wire fence as his wife and two small boys crawl through So begins life in the United States for many people every day And so begins this collection of twelve autobiographical stories by Santa Clara University professor Francisco Jimnez who at the age of four illegally crossed the border with his family in 1947 The Circuit the story of young Panchito and his trumpet is one of the most widely anthologized stories in Chicano literature At long last Jimnez offers more about the wise sensitive little boy who has grown into a role model for subsequent generations of immigrants These independent but intertwined stories follow the family through their circuit from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots and back agai over a number of years As it moves from one labor camp to the next the little family of four grows into ten Impermanence and poverty define their lives But with faith hope and back breaking work the family endures A jewel of a book Rolando Hinojosa Smith These stories are so realistic they choke the heart Rudolfo Anaya

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