One Life tells the story of Esperanza an undocumented Mexican imprisoned in Louisiana accused of murdering her eleven-month old baby. As such she is facing the death penalty. When she is visited by Richard the mitigation specialist who has been hired to comb the back roads of Mexico and the U.S. to tell her story and save her life the boundaries of both their destinies explode. One Life examines the difference between pragmatism and cynicism the indelible links between sex death and love and the meaning of justice. The point of departure of One Life is the author’s own experience working for lawyers in the U.S. who defend undocumented Mexicans facing capital murder charges. Its sympathetic portrait of Mexicans without papers is the opposite side of the coin that was played so maliciously against them in the past election cycle. The author’s understanding of immigration and sense of social justice was formed by his mother’s experience as a Holocaust survivor and his father’s as a Polish-Jewish first-generation American.
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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