About the Book

En las Sombras de Estados Unidos

En las Sombras de Estados Unidos

Narraciones de Inmigrantes Indocumentados
April 2010
Trade Paperback · 384 Pages
$16.00 U.S. · £10.99 U.K. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781934781791


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En las Sombras de Estados Unidos is the Spanish translation of Underground America, the third book in the Voice of Witness series. It focuses on the difficult lives of undocumented workers in the United States, showcasing oral histories of men and women who have come to America seeking a better life for their families, only to be subjected to dehumanizing working conditions. This book gives voice to these often unknown individuals who are the backbone of our economy, supporting myriad industries by working the least desirable jobs — people who, for living in this country without legal documentation, are sentenced to lives without the most basic legal protections. Translated from English by novelist Peter Orner and journalist Sandra Hernández, En las Sombras de Estados Unidos asks a largely ignored part of our country to finally tell their stories.

About the Authors

Peter Orner is the author of the novel, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo—a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize—and the story collection Esther Stories, a New York Times notable book. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, he currently teaches at San Francisco State University.

Sandra Hernández is a former staff writer for the Associated Press, LA Weekly, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where she was a member of the newspaper's 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist team for breaking news. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she lives in Los Angeles and writes about immigration for the Daily Journal.

The Voice of Witness series is edited by founders Dave Eggers and Lola Vollen.