St. Paul's Book Group:
The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez
Border Story
by Aaron Bobrow-Strain
St. Paul's Book Group is reading a book chosen specifically to coincide with Immigration month in June, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story.

What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system?

When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida's mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America.

Undocumented, Aida fought to make her way. She learned English, watched Friends, and, after having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City. But life had other plans. Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers. To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey. The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survival--but returning to the United States was just the beginning of her quest.

Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.

Each session begins at 3.30pm. You can access the Zoom session by clicking here and the passcode is 581362.

Reading Schedule  
May 17 Part One: No Country for Young Women. Chapters1-9
May 24 Part Two: Trauma Red Chapters 10-16
May 31 Part Three: Slipknot Chapters 17-23
June 7 Part 4: Going Away to Come Back Chapters 24-29 (and Epilogue)