Welcome to the UO Common Reading Program!

A gallery of images from Helena María Viramontes’ visit to the University of Oregon and Eugene, October 21-23, 2019.

A story of loss and survival, Under the Feet of Jesus is a lyrical, powerful novel about the lives of the children, women, and men who endure a difficult existence and labor under dangerous conditions as migrant workers in California’s fields. Through central characters like the teenager, Estrella, and her mother, Petra, the book explores interrelated topics of farm labor, health care, material resources, and environmental justice. The title of the book refers to birth certificates and other important documents kept in a portable statue of Jesus that moves with the family to each new location along the agricultural production cycle.

Learn more about Helena María Viramontes’ Under the Feet of Jesus here.

Learn more about upcoming events associated with the UO Common Reading program: https://commonreading.uoregon.edu/events/