Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives

Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives


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Underground America tells the stories of men and women who have come to the United States seeking a better life for their families, only to be subjected to dehumanizing working conditions. Supporting myriad industries, these workers form an essential part of our economy — often by working the least desirable jobs without the most basic legal protections. Underground America allows this largely ignored part of our country to finally share its experiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786632272
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Voice of Witness Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 166,523
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter Orner is the author of two story collections, Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, two novels, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo (set in Namibia) and Love and Shame and Love, and a book of essays, Am I Alone Here? His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, Granta, The Paris Review, and Best American Stories. His work has been awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggen-heim Fellowship, and a Fulbright to Namibia. Orner has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, the University of Montana, Northwestern, and Charles University in Prague. Orner is a longtime professor at San Francisco State University and recently accepted a faculty appointment at Dartmouth College.

Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico and is a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He is the author of numerous books, including The Hummingbird’s Daughter and The Devil’s Highway, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest novel is Into the Beautiful North. Urrea is a professor at The University of Illinois–Chicago.

Table of Contents

Foreword: All Stories are Refugees from Dangerous Lands Luis Alberto Urrea 1

Introduction: Permanent Anxiety Peter Orner 5

Editor's Note Peter Orner 16

Note for the 2013 Edition Sandra Hernandez 17

Diana 19

Mr. Lai 33

Saleem 55

Roberto 57

Liso 79

Hector 99

Olga 101

Abel 117

Polo 137

Dixie 139

El Curita 157

Julio 181

Lorena 183

El Mojado 205

Yogesh 219

Jose Garcia 221

Elizabeth 241

Nsombo 261

Desiree 263

Farid 283

Rose 303

Adela 305

Estrella 327

Enrique 345

Editor's Note for the Afterword Peter Orner 347

Afterword: American DREAMer Lorena 348

Appendices 355

Glossary 383

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Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant first-hand account of illegal immigrants living in America and the human rights violations they have to endure. I constantly found myself appalled at each story - amazed at the abuses these people are forced to undergo.A must-read for ANY person currently living in the US, and a good read for those from other countries as well. Very eye-opening.