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THE NEWCOMERS

Helen Thorpe

Presented in partnership with the International Rescue Committee of Dallas and the Press Club of Dallas.

Saturday, November 3rd, 7:00PM
Event address: 
10720 Preston Road
Ste 1009B
Dallas, TX 75230
The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in America Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501159107
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

DESCRIPTION

From the award-winning author of Soldier Girls and Just Like Us, an “extraordinary” (The Denver Post) account of refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school and their compassionate teacher and “a reminder that in an era of nativism, some Americans are still breaking down walls and nurturing the seeds of the great American experiment” (The New York Times Book Review).

The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado. These newcomers, from fourteen to nineteen years old, come from nations convulsed by drought or famine or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, after experiencing dire forms of cataclysm. Some arrive alone, having left or lost every other member of their original family.

At the center of their story is Mr. Williams, their dedicated and endlessly resourceful teacher of English Language Acquisition. If Mr. Williams does his job right, the newcomers will leave his class at the end of the school year with basic English skills and new confidence, their foundation for becoming Americans and finding a place in their new home. Ultimately, “The Newcomers reads more like an anthropologist’s notebook than a work of reportage: Helen Thorpe not only observes, she chips in her two cents and participates. Like her, we’re moved and agitated by this story of refugee teenagers…Donald Trump’s gross slander of refugees and immigrants is countered on every page by the evidence of these students’ lives and characters” (Los Angeles Review of Books).

With the US at a political crossroads around questions of immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role on the global stage, Thorpe presents a fresh and nuanced perspective. The Newcomers is “not only an intimate look at lives immigrant teens live, but it is a primer on the art and science of new language acquisition and a portrait of ongoing and emerging global horrors and the human fallout that arrives on our shores” (USA TODAY).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helen Thorpe was born in London and grew up in New Jersey. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times MagazineNew York magazine, The New YorkerSlate, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her radio stories have aired on This American Life and Sound Print. She is the author of Just Like UsSoldier Girls, and The Newcomers and lives in Denver.