About the Book
The walls of their adobe homes stand in ruin today, but for 150 years, the Nuñez and Guillén families lived and worked side by side in the small pueblo of San Javier El Oro, in Durango, Mexico. "La Familia Nuñez: A Migrant’s Story" traces the ancestry and lives of Juan de Dios Nuñez and Sara Guillén. It is a story of struggle and perseverance in the face of hardship, poverty, epidemic, and the generational inter-family violence that would cause the couple to flee the pueblo in 1955 when their daughter’s young husband was brutally shot and murdered. Juan was a migrant worker in the 1940s-60’s Bracero program; Sara, known as Llalla, was a homeopathic healer who lost six of her sixteen children in infancy and childhood. Llalla’s determination to keep her children together and find a better life helped carry the family from rural Mexico to the congested border town of Ciudad Juárez on to their eventual immigration to the United States.