A timely, moving debut novel about a teen’s efforts to keep his family together as his parents face deportation.
Mateo Garcia and his younger sister, Sophie, have been taught to fear one word for as long as they can remember: deportation. Over the past few years, however, the fear that their undocumented immigrant parents could be sent back to Mexico has started to fade. Ma and Pa have been in the United States for so long, they have American-born children, and they’re hard workers and good neighbors. When Mateo returns from school one day to find that his parents have been taken by ICE, he realizes that his family’s worst nightmare has become a reality. With his parents’ fate and his own future hanging in the balance, Mateo must figure out who he is and what he is capable of, even as he’s forced to question what it means to be an American.
Daniel Aleman’s Indivisible is a remarkable story — both powerful in its explorations of immigration in America and deeply intimate in its portrait of a teen boy driven by his fierce, protective love for his parents and his sister.
I was lucky to be able to have an exclusive first look at Chapter One of Indivisible and wow! Mateo’s frustration and fear were clearly palpable, he loves his family and parents very much, he is angry, annoyed and scared by the situation they find themselves in. I get the feeling this book is going to be incredibly moving and poignant.
Daniel Aleman was born and raised in Mexico City. A graduate of McGill University, he is
passionate about books, coffee, and dogs. After spending time in Montreal and the New York City
area, he now lives in Toronto, where he is on a never-ending search for the best tacos in the city.
Indivisible is his first novel.