That's right. It sold out! I can't imagine better news for this fantastic book that's been one of the surprise favorites I've ever reviewed on the blog, and apparently the publishers have been stunned as to its success, which explains the slow response time as far as getting it back on the shelves goes.
So, the reason I'm posting about this now is because Gringolandia is finally back in print. If you tried and weren't able to get your hands on a copy earlier, now's your chance. If you are new to the blog and had no idea how amazing this book was, I'm telling you, go buy it! Let's try and sell it out again, though hopefully we won't have to wait months for it to go back in print this time! =)
Find it at a local indie, and check out the summary below:
“[A] story with both horror and redemption . . . of a family struggling to find its way back to one another. A stunning achievement.”—Deborah Ellis
Daniel’s papá, Marcelo, used to play soccer, dance the cueca, and drive his kids to school in a beat-up green taxi—all while publishing an underground newspaper that exposed Chile’s military regime.
After papá’s arrest in 1980, Daniel’s family fled to the United States. Now Daniel has a new life, playing guitar in a rock band and dating Courtney, a minister’s daughter. He hopes to become a US citizen as soon as he turns eighteen.
When Daniel’s father is released and rejoins his family, they see what five years of prison and torture have done to him. Marcelo is partially paralyzed, haunted by nightmares, and bitter about being exiled to “Gringolandia.” Daniel worries that Courtney’s scheme to start a bilingual human rights newspaper will rake up papá’s past and drive him further into alcohol abuse and self-destruction. Daniel dreams of a real father-son relationship, but he may have to give up everything simply to save his papá’s life.
This powerful coming-of-age story portrays an immigrant teen’s struggle to reach his tortured father and find his place in the world.
Lyn Miller-Lachmann is editor of MultiCultural Review. For Gringolandia, she received a Work-in-Progress Grant for a Contemporary Novel for Young People, given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Albany, New York, where she is active in organizations for peace, human rights, and a sustainable environment.