The Circuit

Francisco Jiménez


One of my favorite reads of this year, The Circuit is a short novel that brings readers into the life of a child migrant worker from Mexico. Jiménez writes from the perspective of his childhood self, free from judgment or analysis. The language is simple and clear. For Panchito, living in a tent with his family of five is just the norm, but losing his marble collection is the ultimate tragedy. It’s a beautifully written story of growing up in a transient world where family comes first and life fits into a cardboard box. I read this book in one sitting (because it’s both short and hard to put down).

[Original Spanish version: Cajas de Cartón]

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