By Helen Thorpe
Now up-to-date, the strong account of 4 younger Mexican ladies coming of age in Denver, who've felony documentation, who don’t, and what occurs to them as a result.
Just Like Us tells the tale of 4 highschool scholars whose mom and dad entered this nation illegally from Mexico. We meet the ladies at the eve in their senior promenade in Denver, Colorado. All 4 of the women have grown up within the usa, and all 4 are looking to reside the yankee dream, yet in basic terms have files. because the women try to make it into collage, they detect that purely the felony pair sees a transparent direction ahead. Their friendships begin to divide alongside strains of immigration status.
Then the political firestorm starts. A Mexican immigrant shoots and kills a police officer. the writer occurs to be married to the Mayor of Denver, a businessman who made his fortune within the eating place company. In a strange twist, the assassin works at one of many Mayor’s restaurants—under a faux Social protection quantity. a neighborhood Congressman seizes upon the homicide as evidence of all that's fallacious with American society and Colorado turns into where the place nationwide arguments over immigration rage so much fiercely. the remainder of the ladies’ lives play out by contrast backdrop of extreme debate over whether or not they have any correct to dwell here.
Just Like Us is a coming-of-age tale approximately girlhood and friendship, in addition to the resilience required to go beyond poverty. it's also a publication approximately identity—what it ability to scouse borrow an id, what it potential to have a public identification, what it skill to inherit an id from mom and dad. the women, their households, and the critics who item to their presence permit the reader to observe some of the most complex social problems with our occasions unfurl in an important American urban. And the point of view of the writer supplies the reader perception into either the main robust and the main weak contributors of yankee society as they grapple with a similar challenge: Who will get to dwell in the United States? And what occurs once we don’t agree?
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