Oh my! What a grim tale of desperation as the protagonist and his friend are sealed with others in a water truck to cross into the USA, then abandoned by the smugglers. I learned a great deal about Mexican history, beliefs, culture, hardships and exploitation as Vaillant wove together fiction and facts. Beautifully written despite brutal events. As a side note, I felt left out that there was a liberal dose of Spanish without translation. A very timely book about the understory of illegal immigration.
A favourite quote: "…graffiti …the story of our people and of the gods they serve and the battles they must fight….They try to clean it up and paint it over, but the story keeps bleeding through."(p.134)