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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves

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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves by Jason DeParle
Aug 20, 2019 | 400 Pages
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“This years-in-the-making, panoramic story follows the Portagana family from the slums of Manila across four continents. A humane epic of real people in search of better lives.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“DeParle delivers a remarkably creative, enlightening, and empathetic book about international migration’s personal and public impact…[a] well-informed analysis, of immigration’s history, benefits, and downsides, demonstrating his mastery of the subject.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“[A] captivating story….DeParle excels in both intimate details and sweeping scale…This well-crafted story personalizes the questions and trends surrounding global migration in moving and thought-provoking fashion.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A remarkably intimate look at migration’s impact on both a single family and the global community.”
Booklist (starred review)

“This is epic reporting, nonfiction on a whole other level. One of the nation’s most committed immersive journalists, Jason DeParle spent thirty years with a single family whose lives were defined by immigration, traveling to several countries and seeing children grow up and have children of their own. No matter your politics or home country, A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves will change how you think about the movement of people between poor and rich countries. Intimate narratives entwine with sweeping, global accounts to produce one of the best books on immigration written in a generation.”
—Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted
“Jason DeParle has captured the power and peril of immigration—through the story of one family, scattered across the planet, working in hospitals, cruise ships and hotel bathrooms near you. A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves is an exceptional accomplishment: sweeping, vivid and complicated in all the right ways. Just when we are about to lose hope, there is a moment of beauty or humor or grace that saves us from despair.”
—Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World
“A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves sets a new standard in the literature of migration—heart-melting in the intimacy of the Portagana family story across generations and continents and at the same time profound in its connection of that story to the broader phenomenon. Eloquence on every page.” 
—Tom Gjelten, NPR Correspondent and author of A Nation of Nations
“It’s hard to imagine a book better timed; after decades of work, Jason DeParle delivers this masterpiece of reporting and insight at precisely the moment when America is making the most basic decisions about immigration. His story-telling is so vivid, granular and alive that, once you’ve read it, immigration can never be a bumper-sticker controversy again. An American classic.”
Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

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“Courageous and deeply disturbing… DeParle challenges the nation.”–The New York Times Book Review

“A powerful, bracing antidote…masterful detail.”–Los Angeles Times

“A panoramic view…starkly honest….a humorous, emotional story that is exhaustive in detail and scope.”–The Boston Globe

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