Lost Children Archive: A novel

January 4, 2020 - Comment

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year A Best Book of 2019: Entertainment Weekly; TIME; NPR; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Washington Post; GQ; The Guardian; Chicago Tribune; Dallas Morning News; and the New York Public Library FINALIST FOR THE 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTIONLONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZELONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

A Best Book of 2019: Entertainment Weekly; TIME; NPR; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Washington Post; GQ; The Guardian; Chicago Tribune; Dallas Morning News; and the New York Public Library

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTION
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE

“The novel truly becomes novel again in Luiselli’s hands—electric, elastic, alluring, new.” –Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

“Impossibly smart, full of beauty, heart and insight . . . Everyone should read this book.” –Tommy Orange

From the two-time NBCC Finalist, an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border–an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity.

A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home.

Why Apaches? asks the ten-year-old son. Because they were the last of something, answers his father.

In their car, they play games and sing along to music. But on the radio, there is news about an “immigration crisis”: thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States, but getting detained–or lost in the desert along the way.

As the family drives–through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas–we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, harrowing adventure–both in the desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.

Told through several compelling voices, blending texts, sounds, and images, Lost Children Archive is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity. It is a richly engaging story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. With urgency and empathy, it takes us deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today.

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Comments

Anonymous says:

Dry I’ll get right to the flaws of this novel. It’s dry and self-centered. The setup is intriguing. A relatively newly married couple, with two kids each from previous relationships, is trying to make a life together. The couple met and connected while working on a research project together. But that project is completed and now they are working on separate, individual projects, and that is bringing challenges to their relationship. And then they’re going through all the usual ups and downs of…

Anonymous says:

Stunning Tell Me How It Ends is the kind of book I told people about for months after I read it–so I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for Luiselli’s next work. It does not disappoint.It’s beautiful, original, luminous, and provocative. I’m not one to write long reviews. If a book moves me, it moves me. If it challenges me, it challenges me. Lost Children Archive did all of that. It’s such a stunning read.I’d like to get this book into everyone’s hands in the country right now. We…

Anonymous says:

Complex and haunting I loved this novel. It works on many different levels at once and challenges the mind as well as the heart. On one level, this is a story of a family of four on a cross-country road trip. The parents are sound documentarians (or documentarists—there’s some discussion in the book about the difference), and they are heading to the American Southwest to capture sounds related to Apaches and unaccompanied refugee children, respectively. Luiselli clearly writes from experience as a parent because…

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