The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border, Rosayra Pablo Cruz
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The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border

Author: Rosayra Pablo Cruz, Julie Schwietert Collazo

Narrator: Almarie Guerra, Jayme Mattler

Unabridged: 6 hr 25 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Harper Audio

Published: 06/02/2020

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs

Includes: Bonus Material

Synopsis

The Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020 – ELLE

"[D]isturbing and unforgettable memoir…This wrenching story brings to vivid life the plight of the many families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.” – Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“[The] haunting and eloquent…narrative of a Guatemalan woman's desperate search for a better life." -Kirkus, STARRED Review


When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: violence—from gangs, from crime, from spiraling chaos—was making daily life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north.

After a brutal journey that left them dehydrated, exhausted, and nearly starved, Rosy and her two little boys arrived at the Arizona border. Almost immediately they were seized and forcibly separated by government officials under the Department of Homeland Security’s new “zero tolerance” policy. To her horror Rosy discovered that her flight to safety had only just begun.

In The Book of Rosy, with an unprecedented level of sharp detail and soulful intimacy, Rosy tells her story, aided by Julie Schwietert Collazo, founder of Immigrant Families Together, the grassroots organization that reunites mothers and children. She reveals the cruelty of the detention facilities, the excruciating pain of feeling her children ripped from her arms, the abiding faith that staved off despair—and the enduring friendship with Julie, which helped her navigate the darkness and the bottomless Orwellian bureaucracy.

A gripping, shaming account of the human cost of inhumane policies, The Book of Rosy is also a paean to the unbreakable will of people united by true love and a sense of justice.

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