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By Francisco Jiménez

On the age of fourteen, Francisco Jim?nez, along with his older brother Roberto and his mom, are stuck by way of los angeles migra. compelled to depart their domestic, the total family members travels all evening for twenty hours by means of bus, arriving on the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. within the months and years that persist with, Francisco, his parents, and his seven brothers and sister not just fight to maintain their relations jointly, but additionally face crushing poverty, lengthy hours of work, and blatant prejudice. How they maintain their wish, their goodheartedness, and tenacity is printed during this relocating sequel to The Circuit. with out bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jim?nez finishes telling the tale of his formative years.

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I glanced at Roberto and rolled my eyes. ” I said impatiently. Roberto glanced at me with terror in his eyes and nudged me with his elbow. I knew I had crossed the line. “I don’t like your tone of voice, Pancho. ” Papá shot back angrily, clenching his teeth and giving me a penetrating look that sent chills up my spine. I lowered my head. My legs began to shake. ” he said angrily. His words pierced like needles. Mamá must have been listening, because she walked in and broke my silence. Back to the Fields 55 “Let them go, viejo.

He said impatiently. “To the Vets, Papá,” Roberto finally said, looking scared. ” “It’s a hall where they have dances,” I said, figuring it was my turn to answer. Papá kept staring into space. Roberto and I stood in front of him with our hands folded in front of us, waiting for a response. There was a long and painful silence. Why do we have to go through this torture every time we want to go out? I asked myself. I glanced at Roberto and rolled my eyes. ” I said impatiently. Roberto glanced at me with terror in his eyes and nudged me with his elbow.

Then I placed the chairs on the tables to clear the floor for him to sweep with a dust mop. After he swept, he placed the chairs back in their place while I cleaned the blackboards. We cleaned the boys’ and girls’ bathrooms last. At nine o’clock we went home, ate dinner, finished our homework, and went to bed. On Saturdays and Sundays we continued working in the fields, picking carrots and thinning lettuce. At the end of every two weeks, Roberto got a check from the Santa Maria school district, which he cashed to buy groceries and other necessities.

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