Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Summary
Valeria Luiselli

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In this nonfiction, four-part essay, Valeria Luiselli tells the story of child immigrants during the 2014 immigration crisis. Luiselli provides context for the arrival of tens of thousands of immigrant children at the southern border of the United States, and also details the media coverage surrounding the situation quickly labeled a “crisis.” Luiselli’s time as a translator in the immigration court in New York during this crisis inspires her to retell the stories she hears from the children she interviews. Using the intake questionnaire as a vehicle for understanding rather than interrogation, Luiselli mixes several screenings of immigrant children with her own experience of the U.S. legal system, touching on themes of family, childhood, identity, and belonging.

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