Highwire Moon

by Susan Straight

Serafina is an illegal migrant worker living in California when the police catch her and send her back to Mexico–without her three-year olddaughter.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.72 out of 5
  • Published October 8th 2002 by Anchor
  • Original Title: Highwire Moon
  • ISBN: 0385722613 (ISBN13: 9780385722612)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction (2001)
  • National Book Award Finalist for Fiction (2001)
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Serafina is an illegal migrant worker living in California when the police catch her and send her back to Mexico–without her three-year old daughter. Twelve years later, with a pair of silver barrettes her only tangible memory of Elvia, Serafina begins a harrowing journey back across the border to find her daughter. At the same time Elvia, now fifteen and pregnant, resolves to track her mother down. They travel a landscape populated by desperately poor migrants moving from harvest to harvest, truckers living hand-to-mouth in seedy motels, and lost children in foster homes. But the memory of love inspires hope, and out of these women’s losses–and their determination–Straight has crafted a deeply moving tale of the meaning of home and family.