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Infinite Country: A Novel

Infinite Country: A Novel

Written by Patricia Engel

Narrated by Inés del Castillo


Infinite Country: A Novel

Written by Patricia Engel

Narrated by Inés del Castillo

ratings:
4.5/5 (645 ratings)
Length:
4 hours
Released:
Mar 2, 2021
ISBN:
9781797119595
Format:
Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Powerful story…

One of the most anticipated novels of 2021, “Infinite Country” reflects our current global moment: tense, cut off from each other, but with a glimmer of hope. This powerful story moves readers back and forth in time, across borders, and among anguished family members separated by the sacrifices they’ve made at the altar of the American Dream. The propulsive plot hooks you right from the first chapter when teenage daughter Talia escapes from a juvenile detention center in the mountains of Colombia, racing to try to make a flight to the US before she loses her chance to reunite with her family.

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A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK and INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE 2021 NEW AMERICAN VOICES AWARD, LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL, AND A NATIONAL ENDOWMENT OF THE ARTS “BIG READS” SELECTION

“A profound, beautiful novel.” —People * “Poignant.” —BuzzFeed * “A breathtaking story of the unimaginable prices paid for a better life.” —Esquire

This “heartbreaking portrait of a family dealing with the realities of migration and separation” (Time) is “a sweeping love story and tragic drama [and] an authentic vision of what the American Dream looks like in a nationalistic country” (Elle).

I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country.

Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family.

How this family came to occupy two different countries, two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. We see Talia’s parents, Mauro and Elena, fall in love in a market stall as teenagers against a backdrop of civil war and social unrest. We see them leave Bogotá with their firstborn, Karina, in pursuit of safety and opportunity in the United States on a temporary visa, and we see the births of two more children, Nando and Talia, on American soil. We witness the decisions and indecisions that lead to Mauro’s deportation and the family’s splintering—the costs they’ve all been living with ever since.

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel, herself a dual citizen and the daughter of Colombian immigrants, gives voice to all five family members as they navigate the particulars of their respective circumstances. Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality of the undocumented in America, Infinite Country “is as much an all-American story as it is a global one” (Booklist, starred review).
Released:
Mar 2, 2021
ISBN:
9781797119595
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as ebookEbook

About the author

PATRICIA ENGEL’s debut, Vida, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award and Young Lions Fiction Award; a winner of a Florida Book Award and an Independent Publisher Book Award; and a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Barnes & Noble, and L.A. Weekly. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in A Public Space, The Atlantic, Boston Review, Guernica, Harvard Review and elsewhere. She lives in Miami. WEB: WWW.PATRICIAENGEL.COM



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  • (4/5)
    Interesting true story about the hardships of life as Colombian immigrants to the US - and the effects of family separation following the father’s deportation.
  • (4/5)
    Emmigration is not usually a topic that interests me, not for the subject itself, but mainly because of the clichés used to portrait it in art form, wether in books, movies or series.
    In this case what really caught my attention was the different approach to the theme. I felt it a lot more realistic and broader than the usual.
  • (5/5)
    Listened to audio and it was a bit hard to follow at first. The story became richer with every chapter and I appreciated hearing the lived experiences of so many characters.
  • (5/5)
    This book shares the ups and down of a Columbian family trying to immigrate to the US. Written through the eyes of the eldest daughter it is poignant and full of love.
  • (5/5)
    Compelling family story of leaving Columbia for a “ better” life in the USA. Not so easy. Leaves the reader with a good idea of what life is like for many people outside our borders.
  • (5/5)
    Lovely Portrayal of a family in America And those who are trying to get there