The Litigators, by John Grisham
I’ve been reading The Litigators, John Grisham’s 2011 novel. As usual this master storyteller uses the legal profession as his setting for his writing. About half way through the book he introduced a Burmese family with an ailing grandson as a subplot in his book. At first I found his background on the Burmese well researched and very reflective of the Burmese experience I have encountered. However the novel writer departed from reality when he started building a legal case on underpaid Burmese workers needing his hero’s legal assistance. He grouped the Burmese refugee with the illegal Mexican immigrant and said their employer cheated them due to their being illegal aliens.
However, Burmese refugees are invited guests of the United States government. They have the legal right to work from day one and within a year they can obtain their green card. After four years they can apply to become United States citizens. So I will have to see where Grisham goes from here with his “story”.