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Prayers for the Stolen

(2014)
A novel by

 
Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book (nominee)
A haunting story of love and survival that introduces an unforgettable literary heroine

Ladydi Garcia Martinez 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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Hardback Editions

February 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: Prayers for the Stolen
Author(s): Jennifer Clement
ISBN: 0-8041-3878-8 / 978-0-8041-3878-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hogarth
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February 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: Prayers for the Stolen
Author(s): Jennifer Clement
ISBN: 1-78109-017-3 / 978-1-78109-017-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hogarth
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: Prayers for the Stolen
Author(s): Jennifer Clement
ISBN: 1-4448-2327-2 / 978-1-4448-2327-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: Prayers for the Stolen
Author(s): Jennifer Clement
ISBN: 0-09-958759-9 / 978-0-09-958759-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: Prayers for the Stolen
Author(s): Jennifer Clement
ISBN: 0-8041-3880-X / 978-0-8041-3880-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hogarth
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

February 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Prayers for the Stolen
Author(s): Jennifer Clement
Publisher: Hogarth
Availability: Amazon CA   

February 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Prayers for the Stolen
Author(s): Jennifer Clement
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   



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