“It’s hard to imagine someone who finds himself an outsider in one of the tougher neighborhoods of Latin America or Africa or other ‘foreign’ parts of the world—or someone interested in learning about one of those places—who would not find this book immensely instructive and moving.”
“The book chronicles Reifenberg’s work with the children and his own struggle—to understand the culture and the language, and to find meaning in his own life.”
“As he struggled with a new language and overcoming cross-cultural obstacles like finding size-12 shoes, Reifenberg began a youthful voyage of self-discovery. It turned into a unique ground-level perspective on a country that was sowing the seeds of its own recovery.”
—Pablo Bachelet, for America’s Quarterly. Click here for the full review. Miami Herald journalist Pablo Bachelet’s review of Santiago’s Children appeared in the Spring 2008 edition of Americas Quarterly. If you would like more information about Americas Quarterly, visit their website at www.americasquarterly.org.
“This book is a gem and offers a wonderful roadmap for students of any age who are thinking about engaging in a complicated world. It should make its way to every university career counseling office across the country.”
—Abraham F. Lowenthal, Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California
“In Chile’s recent history the 1980s seem like a forgettable interlude. Gen. Agusto Pinochet’s reign of political repression gave little indication of the democratic prosperity that would later ensue. But Steve Reifenberg’s new book shows how the 1980s contained the seeds of regeneration.”
Santiago’s Children “sets the joys and frustrations, the hilarity and the gravity of life at the orphanage against the backdrop of General Pinochet’s brutal military regime.”
—The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance creates opportunities for Kellogg Fellows from 40 countries to participate in leadership development programs and regularly reviews books by Kellogg Fellows.
“Urgent and moving. …The narrative fairly leaps from the pages when the political struggle comes into view. …The tale is amazingly hopeful, in spite of, or because of, the struggles in question. …This is a story of Chile we will not forget.”
—Martín Espada, author of The Republic of Poetry and other award-winning volumes of poetry
[Steve Reifenberg] “recalls his life-changing work in an underclass orphanage during the political and economic traumas of the Pinochet dictatorship.”
“Set against a backdrop of economic crisis and political uprising against the brutal military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, this beautifully written memoir recounts life among the most vulnerable, yet resilient residents of Latin America—its poor children.”
—The New York Review of Books, May 15, 2008.