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Stranger

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
By the Giller Prize-winning author of The Time in Between, a stirring novel that lays bare the bonds of motherhood, revealing just how far a mother will go to reclaim her stolen child

The profound intelligence and political resonance readers have come to expect from Giller Prize-winner David Bergen are on rich display in his electrifying new novel, Stranger, "an engrossing human exploration of displacement and inequality in a world governed by greed" (Toronto Star).

Iso Perdido, a young Guatemalan woman, works at a fertility clinic at Ixchel, named for the Mayan goddess of creation and destruction. Iso tends to the rich women who visit the clinic for the supposed conception-enhancing properties of the local lake. She is also the lover of Dr. Mann, the American doctor in residence. When an accident forces the doctor to leave Guatemala abruptly, Iso is abandoned, pregnant. After the birth, tended to by the manager of the clinic, the baby disappears.

Determined to reclaim her daughter, Iso follows a trail north, eventually crossing illegally into a United States where the rich live in safe zones, walled away from the indigent masses. Traveling without documentation, and with little money, Iso must penetrate this world, and in this place of menace and shifting boundaries, she must determine who she can trust and how much, aware that she might lose her daughter forever.

In David Bergen's Stranger, with its uncanny lake, human monsters, and a stolen child, an ageless story is freshly recast in a modern setting, where themes of dislocation and disruption, exploitation and vulnerability, rich and poor collide. Intense and beautifully rendered, Stranger is a powerful and affecting novel for our times.

Genre: General Fiction    

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Hardback Editions

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 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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Kindle Editions

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