Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
The mosquitoes were terrible and "I had rashes everywhere," but escape was impossible. A seventeen-year-old boy who tried it was captured and executed: "They pulled a gun out and shot him right in the head, right in front of me."
p. 19, From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America by Steven V. Roberts
I heard Roberts discuss this on The Diane Rehm Show back in October and was fascinated by the stories he told about the immigrants featured in the book. The first section of the book (from which the quote above is drawn) profiles three families who sought asylum in the US; their descriptions of the conditions in their home countries (Vietnam, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone) and how they came to escape are simultaneously horrifying and inspiring.