Amid the shadows of war, one family faces an impossible choice that will change their lives forever.
Madrid, 1934. Though the Spanish Civil War has not yet begun, the streets of Madrid have become dangerous for thirteen-year-old Marco Alcalde and his younger sisters, Isabel and Ana. When Marco’s parents align themselves against General Franco and his fascist regime, they have no inkling that their ideals will endanger them and everyone they love—nor do they predict the violence that is to come.
When the Mexican government promises protection to the imperiled children of Spain, the Alcaldes do what they believe is best: send their children, unaccompanied, across the ocean to the city of Morelia—a place they’ve never seen or imagined. Marco promises to look after his sisters in Mexico until their family can be reunited in Spain, but what ensues is a harrowing journey and a series of heartbreaking events. As the growing children work to care for themselves and each other, they feel their sense of home, family, and identity slipping further and further away. And as their memories of Spain fade and the news from abroad grows more grim, they begin to wonder if they will ever see their parents again or the glittering streets of the home they once loved.
Based upon the true stories of the Children of Morelia, Mario Escobar’s Remember Me—now available for the first time in English—explores the agony of war and paints a poignant portrait of one family’s sacrificial love and endurance.
At first I wasn’t sure I was going to really get into this book but the more I read the more invested I became in the characters and the tragedy that surrounded their lives.
I knew nothing about the Spanish civil war. The interesting part was that the main character’s parents fought for communism, socialism, conversations that have surfaced in the United Stages recently, something I don’t support at all and struggled with sympathy for the parents to some degree. However, I definitely don’t believe families should be torn apart and I can’t imagine sending my children across the country.
The horrible things these children had to endure is heartbreaking. Overall, this ended up being an interesting read.
A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.