*** A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves by Jason DeParle

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century follows a large Filipino family who started in a Manila slum and in which most of the adults, and many children, have worked overseas or in some cases moved overseas. The author is able to tell the very personal story of a nurse and her husband who moves to Abu Dhabi and eventually Gavelston, TX, leaving their children to be raised by her mother and sister for years before wenching them away and having to learn to be a full-time mother–and also comment on immigration trends, from the importance of remittances to the economy of the Philippines to the changes in immigration policy in the US. The personal story, reported over 30 years, is stunning.

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