Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer by Alberto Ledesma
Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life (Latinographix)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

He has stood in front of Weimar multitudes, ratcheting up jack-booted antagonisms targeted towards my people.” Affecting, highly charged, and deserving of broad attention.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

In this hybrid memoir, Alberto Ledesma wonders, At what point does a long-time undocumented immigrant become an American in the making? From undocumented little boy to “hyper documented” university professor, Ledesma recounts how even now, he sometimes finds himself reverting to the child he was, recalling his father’s words: “Mijo, it doesn’t matter how good you think your English is, la migra will still get you.”
 
 
Exploring Ledesma’s experiences from immigrant to student to academic, Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer presents a humorous, gritty, and multilayered portrait of undocumented immigrant life in urban America. Ledesma’s vignettes about life in the midst of ongoing social trauma give voice to a generation that has long been silent about its struggles. Delving into the key moments of cultural transition throughout his childhood and adulthood—police at the back door waiting to deport his family, the ex-girlfriend who threatens to call INS and report him, and the interactions with law enforcement even after he is no longer undocumented—Ledesma, through his art and his words, provides a glimpse into the psychological and philosophical concerns of undocumented immigrant youth who struggle to pinpoint their identity and community.  
 
 

About Alberto Ledesma

See more books from this Author
 
Published September 22, 2017 by Mad Creek Books. 127 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels.
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good
on Jul 03 2017

He has stood in front of Weimar multitudes, ratcheting up jack-booted antagonisms targeted towards my people.” Affecting, highly charged, and deserving of broad attention.

Read Full Review of Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer:... | See more reviews from Kirkus

Rate this book!

Add Review