Sunday, May 17, 2009

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

"Tyler looks out the window of his bedroom and can't believe what he is seeing."

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Abstract: After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 324 pages


Kris said...

I wanted to really like this, and I did think it was a good story and a marvelous topic; however the letters written by the eldest daughter seemed a little too long and too, ummm, descriptive might be the word I'm looking be believable. It was hard for me to remember I was reading a letter, rather than a narrative section of the book; then, switching back to the narrative was confusing.

Jen said...

I don't think the epistolary technique was well used in this book either; passages were too long and un-letterlike to be truly effective.

I am interested in this topic, though. Some links or additional reading would have been nice at the end of the book.