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Stranger

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
From Giller prize - winning author of The Time in Between and Canada Reads finalist for The Age of Hope comes a stirring tale that lays bare the bonds of motherhood, revealing just how far a mother will go to reclaim her stolen child.

Iso, a young Guatemalan woman, works at a fertility clinic at Ixchel, in the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. She tends to the rich northern women who visit the clinic hoping that the waters of the nearby lake might increase their chances of conception. Like many of the women working at the clinic, Iso is aware of the resident American doctor, Eric Mann. Soon Iso is his secret lover, stealing away with Dr. Mann on long motorcycle rides through the mountains and enjoying beach vacations with Eric and his doctor friends. But their tryst does not last long. Dr. Mann decides he will return to the US, and a freak accident cuts the couple's time together even shorter. Before Iso can tell Dr. Mann that she is pregnant, he is gone.

After the birth of her daughter, the baby is taken from her. The director of the clinic informs Iso that her child is in America. Determined to reclaim her stolen daughter, Iso makes her way north through Mexico, eventually crossing illegally into a United States divided into military zones. Travelling without documentation, and with little money, Iso descends into a world full of danger. In a place of shifting boundaries, Iso must determine who she can trust and how much, aware that she might lose her daughter forever.

The profound intelligence and political resonance we have come to expect from Bergen sit front and centre in Stranger, contributing to the growing legacy of this Giller Prize - winning author. With its themes of dislocation and disruption, of power and vulnerability, of rich and of poor, Stranger is a powerfully resonant political novel for our times.

Genre: General Fiction    

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September 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Stranger
Author(s): David Bergen
ISBN: 0-7156-5241-9 / 978-0-7156-5241-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Stranger: A Novel
Author(s): David Bergen
ISBN: 1-4683-1510-2 / 978-1-4683-1510-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Overlook Press
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September 2016 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Stranger: A Novel
Author(s): David Bergen
ISBN: 1-4434-5097-9 / 978-1-4434-5097-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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Paperback Editions

September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Stranger
Author(s): David Bergen
ISBN: 0-7156-5316-4 / 978-0-7156-5316-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Duckworth Overlook
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September 2017 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Stranger: A Novel
Author(s): David Bergen
ISBN: 1-4434-5098-7 / 978-1-4434-5098-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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September 2017 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Stranger
Author(s): David Bergen
Publisher: Duckworth Overlook
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September 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Stranger: A Novel
Author(s): David Bergen
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Availability: Amazon CA