Book Review: Lost Children Archive

By Alejandra Oliva

Mexican author Valeria Luiselli's latest novel connects a family's breakup to broader questions of fragmentation in the U.S. southwest.

This article is adapted from AQ’s print issue on piracy in Latin America

Valeria Luiselli’s latest novel, Lost Children Archive, is cut from the politics of the moment. At its most intimate, the book tells the story of a family’s impending breakup on a road trip through the U.S. southwest. But the book, the Mexican author’s first novel written in English, is also about fragmentation in a broader, civic sense — using deportation and family separation policies under former President Barack...

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