The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border

HarperOne. Jun. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780062941923. $26.99. SOC SCI
Cruz and Collazo (founder, Immigrant Families Together) chronicle Cruz’s journey as a migrant from Guatemala to the United States. Beginning by describing her life in Guatemala, Cruz shares how a foiled murder attempt, along with the death of her husband and threats on her oldest son’s life, prompted Cruz and her two sons to seek asylum in the United States. Cruz narrates her journey, including being separated from her sons due to the Trump administration’s policies and spending months in a detention center. In the second part of the book, the narration awkwardly shifts to Collazo, who recounts her motivations for starting Immigrant Families Together, which raises bond money for detained migrant mothers and helps reunite them with their children. After Collazo reunites Cruz with her sons, she helps the family adjust to life in the United States. In the final section, Cruz reflects on the long-term effects of detention and separation on her family, as well as her new life in the United States. The book also includes a recommended reading list and suggestions for activism.
VERDICT A heartfelt memoir of survival and the power of activism that is recommended for readers interested in personal narratives of migration.

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