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Where We Come From by Oscar Cásares
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Apr 07, 2020 | ISBN 9780525564928

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“Instead of being just a border novel or a novel about immigration writ large, [Where We Come From] becomes more than that: It’s a novel about the great lengths humans will go to in order to be seen.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Concise and thoughtful. . . . Cásares writes with a leanness evident in a short story, but the thematic content is grand and provocative.”
Houston Chronicle

“Potent. . . . Powerful. . . . Delivers a truly timeless emotional punch.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A story that transcends politics—a fiction to tell a truer truth. . . . A thought-provoking read from a master storyteller whose unrelenting realism is often heartrending.”
The Brooklyn Rail

“We need more border stories like this: insightful, compassionate, and not actually about politics or walls or you-know-who, but about humanity, family, and home—also known as the things that really matter.”
Lit Hub

“[An] instant classic. . . . Cásares tight-weaves his words together as if he were working a loom on a fabric that is guaranteed to last.”
Litbreak Magazine

“Well-researched, not sensationalized and related with a dispassionate yet tender voice. . . . Cásares’ narrative soars . . . with moments of humane beauty.”

“Through this deeply human and intensely powerful story of identity and family, Cásares beautifully explores American immigration and the power of compassion.”
Deep South Magazine

“Evenly and quickly paced . . . this novel is suffused with boredom and menace—twins of a fugitive existence.”
Lone Star Literary Life

 “[A] deeply human novel. . . . Concerned with what it means to make a life in a place where so many systems and institutions are designed to make you feel precarious and, in some way, permanently unrooted.”
—Omar El Akkad, BookPage

“Thoughtful and quietly suspenseful. . . . With understated grace and without sermonizing, Cásares brilliantly depicts the psychological complexity of living halfway in one place and halfway in another.”
Publishers Weekly

“In this gentle novel, Cásares has done a beautiful job . . . creating a vivid portrait of a boy caught between two worlds. The story is a necessary exercise in empathy at a time when there is too little. . . . [A] heartfelt story about an intensely timely subject that demands attention.”

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