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Prayers for the Stolen

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book (nominee)
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.

Contains mature themes.


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Title: Prayers for the Stolen
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Title: Prayers for the Stolen
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Title: Prayers for the Stolen
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Title: Prayers for the Stolen
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July 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Prayers for the Stolen: A Novel
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Title: Prayers for the Stolen: A Novel
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Title: Prayers for the Stolen: A Novel
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Title: Prayers for the Stolen: A Novel
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Title: Prayers for the Stolen
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Title: Prayers for the Stolen
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