The Book of Rosy

A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border

by Rosayra Pablo Cruz, Julie Schwietert Collazo

On Sale: 06/02/2020

The Book of Rosy

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The Book of Rosy

A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border

by Rosayra Pablo Cruz, Julie Schwietert Collazo

On Sale: 06/02/2020

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About the Book

When Rosayra Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: each day violence—from gangs, from drugs—was making life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north.

After a brutal journey that left them dehydrated, exhausted, and nearly starved, Rosy and her two little boys arrived at the Arizona border. Almost immediately they were seized and forcibly separated by government officials under the Department of Homeland Security’s new “zero tolerance” policy. To her horror Rosy discovered that her brutal journey had only just begun. 

In The Book of Rosy, Rosy tells her story, with the help of Julie Schwietert Collazo, founder of Immigrant Families Together, the grassroots organization founded to reunite mothers and children. With an unprecedented level of detail and soulful intimacy, Rosy reveals the cruelty of the detention facilities, the excruciating pain of feeling her children ripped from her arms, the abiding faith that staved off despair—and the enduring friendship with Julie, which helped her navigate the darkness and the bottomless Orwellian bureaucracy. 

A gripping, shaming account of the human cost of inhumane policies, but also a paean to the unbreakable will of people united by true love and a sense of justice.

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Critical Praise

“[The] haunting and eloquent…narrative of a Guatemalan woman's desperate search for a better life." - Kirkus (STARRED Review)

“A must read. Gripping, beautiful, heartbreaking and life-affirming. This intimate tale of one woman's journey across the border shines a light on the circumstances that have led thousands of women to risk all in order to give their children a safer, better life. It's a testament to the compassion of strangers and that in these troubled times, storytelling still has the power to increase our empathy and understanding. Reading this book will change you for the better.” - J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Saints for All Occasions

A deeply moving and very important book that tells the human story behind the tragedy of Central Americans seeking asylum in the US. This testament to the power of family, faith and community in the face of inhumane policies is gripping and eloquently and powerfully written. It ought to be read by everyone who claims to be an American. It ought to be read by everyone who is a citizen of the world.” - John Perkins, New York Times bestselling Author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman and Touching the Jaguar

“I am forever astonished by Rosayra, for her unbelievable strength to share this story with us, while still healing from its traumas and fighting for asylum. The Book of Rosy is a brave recording of one of America's most shameful moments.” - Christopher Soto, author of Sad Girl Poems

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062941923
  • ISBN 10: 0062941925
  • Imprint: HarperOne
  • On Sale: 06/02/2020
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price:33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC2 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists

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