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WI Book Festival: Aaron Bobrow-Strain for The Life and Death of Aida Hernandez

Event Type: ADULT - BOOKS
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 10/2/2019
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Description:
 Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Aaron Bobrow-Strain for The Life and Death of Aida Hernandez

When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aidaís mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America. Undocumented, Aida fought to make her way. She learned English, watched Friends, and, after having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City. But life had other plans. Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers. To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey. The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survivalóbut returning to the United States was just the beginning of her quest. Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.

Books will be for sale at the event, with an author signing to follow. For more information, visit https://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/events/death-and-life-aida-hernandez
Library: Central Library
Location: Madison Room