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Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119
We are honored to welcome Liliana Velásquez and her book «Dreams and Nightmares / Sueños y Pesadillas,» and her co-author/translator Mark Lyons
In the last five years, over 200,000 minors have fled their countries in Central America and Mexico and traveled north without their families, only to be caught by immigration at the U.S. Border. Liliana Velásquez is one of them.
Dreams and Nightmares / Sueños y Pesadillas"" is a remarkable memoir by teenager Liliana Velásquez, who at fourteen years old fled horrific violence and poverty in Guatemala and headed out alone for the United States. On her trip through Mexico she was robbed by narcos, rode the boxcars of La Bestia, and organized thirty of her fellow Central American bus passengers to convince the Federales who had arrested them to allow them to continue on their way. Finally, she made it to the US border, and headed out across the Sonoran Desert, where she encountered death and was caught by US Immigration. After four months in a detention center, she was placed in foster care while the courts decided whether to deport her. She spent a year in a horrendous foster situation and eventually landed on her feet with a family that loves and protects her. After having to recount her story of abuse several times, the judge determined it was too dangerous for her to return home and finally granted her a green card. She just graduated from high school and received two scholarship to go to college, where she will study nursing. She is also working to support her family back home.
Author Mark Lyons interviewed Liliana 45 times, at 3-4 hours each, and then wrote out her story in Spanish. After Lilliana approved the entire Spanish text, he then translated it into English. The book has her story in both languages.