Look, I'm all for representation, but I think the controversy over this book because the author is not a native Mexican/of Mexican descent is a bridge too far. This is an extremely well researched and well written book that is compelling from the first page to the last, and anything that can shed light on the plight of some migrants can only help, even if it's a fictionalized account. I think we need to have a broader discussion on whether books can have merit irrespective of the author's background IF the subject matter is treated accurately and with the respect it deserves (or doesn't, if it's an infamous person or horrific actual event).

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