Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

41sKwzuQpMLBlurb from Goodreads

From the two-time NBCC Finalist, an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border–an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity.

A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home.

Why Apaches? asks the ten-year-old son. Because they were the last of something, answers his father.

In their car, they play games and sing along to music. But on the radio, there is news about an “immigration crisis”: thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States, but getting detained–or lost in the desert along the way.

As the family drives–through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas–we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, harrowing adventure–both in the desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.

Told through several compelling voices, blending texts, sounds, and images, Lost Children Archive is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity. It is a richly engaging story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. With urgency and empathy, it takes us deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today.

Why I Want To Read It

A few weeks aback, Valeria Luiselli barely rang any familiar tone on me. Well, that was until I came across New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year Lists. Most of the books and authors I’ve seen from the lists are very unfamiliar. The list also included Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black which I was lucky enough to encounter in a local bookstore (most rare titles are difficult to find in local stores here in the Philippines).

Anyway, because I am unfamiliar with most of the authors and books in the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year lists, I resolved to read all of them. Not really all because I am going to skip on the nonfiction books. I’ve already started with Washington Black and now I just bought a copy of Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive. I didn’t even have any iota on what the story about but I was willing to gamble on it the way I did with the first book.

From the blurb and the synopsis, it sounds like a very timely and very relevant book as it deals with the current immigration crisis that the United States is grappling with. Now I am intrigued by this interesting premise.

How about you fellow reader? What books on your TBR lists are you excited to read this year? I hope you can share it with me in the comment box. Happy start of the week everyone and happy month end reporting for me!