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Book Title: Dream Things True|
The author of the book: Marie Marquardt
Edition: St. Martin's Griffin
Date of issue: September 1st 2015
ISBN 13: 9781250070456
Format files: PDF
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A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.
Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much -- except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There's too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.
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Read information about the authorI am an author of young adult novels, a college professor, and an immigration advocate.
How are these all connected? After many years as a researcher, service provider, and – most importantly – friend with immigrants to Georgia, I felt frustrated. I often spoke to groups about immigration and the need for immigration reform. I offered clear, rational explanations and data on why our immigration system needs to be repaired. And then I realized something: people only begin to care when they meet and get to know someone who is living inside this broken system. It’s been my great honor to have those very relationships over decades.
So, I decided to try my hand at writing a fictional (but very real) stories based on my own experiences. I hope these stories will bring readers into intimate, personal contact with messy, complicated, political situations. I care about these issues deeply, because I care about the people who are affected by them. I believe that, through story, we can connect to others in a deep, meaningful way – which can be a powerful tool against the hate, fear, and misunderstanding that plague our society.
And now, the formal bits: I am a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. In addition to DREAM THINGS TRUE and THE RADIUS OF US, I have co-authored two non-fiction books and written many articles on immigration. I have been interviewed about immigration on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Voice of America, NBC, and BBC America, among many other media outlets. I am proud and honored to be the co-chair of El Refugio, a Georgia non-profit that serves detained immigrants and their families.
I live in the book-lover’s-mecca of Decatur, Georgia with my spouse, four children, a dog, and a bearded dragon.
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