It all begins with a faded photograph taken in Chetumal, Mexico in 1938, portraying Emma and Héctor, the parents of Héctor Aguilar Camín, as newlyweds. The author is moved to investigate his family origins, driven by a search for both a familial and personal identity. Adiós to My Parents is a painfully personal story about the need for a narrative that tells you where your grandparents come from, how your parents met, why they married or separated, why they were who they were and why you are who you are. In impeccable, moving prose, Héctor Aguilar Camín delves into his past as far as he can go, reflecting on how fate has lead him back to his parents, whom he hasn’t seen for decades, on two different floors of a hospital where they both are ailing.
About the Author
Héctor Aguilar Camín is a Mexican writer, journalist, and historian. The original edition of his memoir was shortlisted for the Vargas Llosa Prize. In 2017 he received a lifetime achievement award from Mexico’s Instituto de Bellas Artes. Chandler Thompson has been an interpreter for the U.S. State Department and the federal courts. He has covered Mexico for The Christian Science Monitor and as a staff reporter for The El Paso Times.
"Aguilar Camín relates his own perspective from childhood through his adult years, summoning eloquent compassion and humor as his parents struggle with age, illness, mortality—and the perplexing detours of their lives." —Meg Nola, Foreword Reviews
"Ultimately this story is about compassion and forgiveness, about cherishing the stories, and the story-tellers, themselves. A model for all of us, in all of our wonderful, exasperating, conflicted families." —Kim R. Livingston, Cleaver Magazine
"An astute, absorbing, deeply emotional family tale that can move, intrigue, and interest a far broader audience." —Nicholas Litchfield, Colorado Review