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Author: Patricia Engel Narrator: Inés del Castillo Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2021 ISBN: 9781797119595
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“I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country.”

Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family in the north.

How this family came to occupy two different countries, two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. We see Talia’s parents, Mauro and Elena, fall in love in a market stall as teenagers against a backdrop of civil war and social unrest. We see them leave Bogotá with their firstborn, Karina, in pursuit of safety and opportunity in the United States on a temporary visa, and we see the births of two more children, Nando and Talia, on American soil. We witness the decisions and indecisions that lead to Mauro’s deportation and the family’s splintering—the costs they’ve all been living with ever since.

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel, herself a dual citizen and the daughter of Colombian immigrants, gives voice to all five family members as they navigate the particulars of their respective circumstances. And all the while, the metronome ticks: Will Talia make it to Bogotá in time? And if she does, can she bring herself to trade the solid facts of her father and life in Colombia for the distant vision of her mother and siblings in America?

Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality of the undocumented in America, Infinite Country is the story of two countries and one mixed-status family—for whom every triumph is stitched with regret, and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A knockout of a novel…We predict [Infinite Country] will be viewed as one of 2021’s best.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Tells a now eerily recognizable story of a Colombian family’s experiences with migration, mixed statuses and mercy.”

    Ms. Magazine

  • “Gorgeously woven through with Andean myths and the bitter realities of undocumented life, Infinite Country tells a breathtaking story of the unimaginable prices paid for a better life.”

    Esquire

  • “At once a sweeping love story and tragic drama, Infinite Country…promises to deliver what American Dirt could not: an authentic vision of what the American Dream looks like in a nationalistic country.”

    Elle

  • New York Times bestseller
  • Amazon Editor’s Top Pick
  • A Reese’s Book Club Pick
  • An Oprah Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2021
  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

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About the Narrator

Jonathan Todd Ross is a writer and an Earphones and Audie Award–winning voice actor. He has lent his voice to numerous anime television shows, including Yu-Gi-Oh! and Sonic X.