Book Review: In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero (with Michelle Burford) is one of those books that needed to be read during the unbelievable tumult we’re currently enduring as a nation. The pain of the fight is amplified, but so is the strength.

It goes without saying that Diane is brave for taking her family’s story onto a national platform, not to mention the bravery that her parents and millions like them exhibit daily. She writes about the heartbreak, uncertainty, and pockets of joy in her formative years in a household with two undocumented parents while she lived in the relative security of being an American citizen. The trauma caused by the fear of living in the shadows, coupled with having to put the pieces back together once her parents were taken from her, will seep into your very being.

Every range of emotion plays out as her life unfolds here, and it will remind you of just how connected we all are at our cores. In the Country We Love hammers home what anyone with any compassion has known and felt in their bones from the beginning–immigrants from all walks of life deserve infinitely better than what they’re given.

“Dreams are what keep us alive.”

Synopsis Excerpt (via Goodreads)

In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman’s extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country...

Buy In the Country We Love at The Strand here.
Its middle grade adaptation, My Family Divided, is available here.
(The Strand happens to be my favorite indie, but please support your local ones!)

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