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Prayers for the Stolen - Jennifer Clement
Prayers for the Stolen
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A haunting story of love and survival that introduces an unforgettable literary heroine Ladydi Garcia Martínez is fierce, funny and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have... show more
A haunting story of love and survival that introduces an unforgettable literary heroine Ladydi Garcia Martínez is fierce, funny and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have left to seek opportunities elsewhere. Here in the shadow of the drug war, bodies turn up on the outskirts of the village to be taken back to the earth by scorpions and snakes. School is held sporadically, when a volunteer can be coerced away from the big city for a semester. In Guerrero the drug lords are kings, and mothers disguise their daughters as sons, or when that fails they “make them ugly” – cropping their hair, blackening their teeth- anything to protect them from the rapacious grasp of the cartels. And when the black SUVs roll through town, Ladydi and her friends burrow into holes in their backyards like animals, tucked safely out of sight. While her mother waits in vain for her husband’s return, Ladydi and her friends dream of a future that holds more promise than mere survival, finding humor, solidarity and fun in the face of so much tragedy. When Ladydi is offered work as a nanny for a wealthy family in Acapulco, she seizes the chance, and finds her first taste of love with a young caretaker there. But when a local murder tied to the cartel implicates a friend, Ladydi’s future takes a dark turn. Despite the odds against her, this spirited heroine’s resilience and resolve bring hope to otherwise heartbreaking conditions. An illuminating and affecting portrait of women in rural Mexico, and a stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of an unjust war, PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780804138789 (0804138788)
ASIN: 0804138788
Publisher: Hogarth
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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2.0 Prayers for the Stolen
This has to be one of the most random books I've read. Not for the fact that its bizarre or unrealistic, but for the fact its an assemble of random events that happens to this poor girl. It's like the girl has written a diary including her life's story. It started in a random chapter of her life and...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 Prayers for the Stolen
bookshelves: radio-4, published-2014, autumn-2015, play-dramatisation, mexico, women, tragedy, slit-yer-wrists-gloomy, sleazy Read from September 07 to 14, 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b068tl63Description: Inspired by true stories, this atmospheric drama follows 15 year old Ladydi Marti...
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4.0 Prayers for the Stolen
The success of Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement lies in the awareness it raises about conditions in rural Mexican communities. The book is focused on creating a picture of the society rather than developing characters and plot. It does create a vivid picture in describing the sad reality o...
Yakmum
Yakmum rated it
4.0 Prayers for the Stolen
This is an interesting novel set in mexico about drug lords, absent fathers and the mothers and daughters who are left victimized and abandoned. It has a kind of surreal feel almost like it has a mythic quality but very intersting.
Yodamom Finds her Force
Yodamom Finds her Force rated it
4.0 BookadayUK #116 Defending the Undefended
Children being trafficked by the drug cartels :(
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