In “Signs Preceding The End Of The World” by Yuri Herrera, the story follows a young woman who makes her journey from Mexico to the United States. She also battles with her own internal struggles trying to find her way and her identity in a country where migrant workers are shunned.
I really liked this story because this shows the point of view of a young woman crossing the border and the struggles that she faces as a Latina woman. Typically, these stories follow young men who are painted as heroic. In Mexican culture the man is seen as strong and heroic and most often, women are not portrayed in the same way. This story offers a strong brown* female lead which makes me able to connect to her in some way. Personally, I have not read many books where there is a strong Mexican female lead which is why I love the way that the books portrays her. She speaks her mind and isn’t scared of what others say, for example when she is talking to the cops she says “We are to blame for this destruction, we who don’t speak your tongue and don’t know how to keep quiet either. We who didn’t come by boat, who dirty up your doorsteps with our dust, who break your barbed wire. We who came to take your jobs, who dream of wiping your shit, who long to work all hours. Rather than taking a typical approach of a weak docile woman, the author surprises us by creating this badass female lead.
Along with having a strong female lead, the story touches base upon her journey coming to the United States. With what is going on now, this book is highly relatable. Having parents that immigrated from Mexico, I can sort of understand what she is going through (having seen what my parents have gone through). We all know about the negative views towards immigrants and this book highlights those issues rather than hiding them, making readers like me, able to relate.
Citation for image:
“International Women’s Day – WILD WOMEN.” Loca Luna, http://www.localunajewelry.com/journal/2017/3/8/international-womens-day-wild-women.