Lost Children Archive - Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children Archive
2019, 350 p.

A woman and her husband, both audio documentary makers, are driving from New York to Arizona with her five-year-old daughter and his ten-year-old son. The man is interested in the Apache leaders who were the last to surrender and wants to make "an inventory of echoes", while the woman is planning to work on an audio project about the many refugee children who go missing when trying to enter America. During the road trip, presented through the eyes of the woman and the boy, it becomes clear the family is slowly drifting apart. The two children then decide to run away in the hope of making things better for them all because "If we too were lost children, we would have to be found again." To the main story line, the author has added another layer addressing the various ways of telling a story. The use of references and quotes from a variety of books, documents, films and poems results in a clever and interesting novel.