“Enrique’s Journey” explores immigration issue

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Lobo Reading Experience is a program created at the University of New Mexico to offer a common academic reading experience that fosters a sense of community. Each year, a book is selected as part of the Lobo Reading Experience that represents a societal issue.

Students, faculty, staff and community members have the opportunity to have scholarly discussions and work together to determine ways on how to respond or act toward that particular issue.This year, Sonia Nazario’s novel, “Enrique’s Journey” was chosen.

“Enrique’s Journey” follows a young Honduran boy searching for his mother 11 years after she left her family to look for work in the United States. The book brings forth the national issues on immigration. It reminds us that immigration affects various countries, individuals and families.

Nazario is best known for “Enrique’s Journey,” but spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues. Published in the Los Angeles Times as a series, “Enrique’s Journey” won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. Random House later turned it into a book, which became a national bestseller and is now required reading at hundreds of high schools and colleges nationwide.

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