Book Review: Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

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Book Information:

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.

My Review:

AMAZING! Honestly the best book I have read in a long time. I am first-generation American and my parents are both from Mexico. Growing up, my dad made it a point for us to learn and experience Mexico history and culture. Every summer from 1st through 6th grade, my dad would enroll us in school in Mexico and we would spend two months there. Life was different and I learned a lot out of those experiences. We also lived and I grew up in a border town called Del Rio, TX so Mexico was always nearby. It used to be an amazing place and we used to spend every weekend shopping and dining across the border. What really struck me about “Prayers for the Stolen” is that no one really new about the other side of Mexico growing up. For us on this side, it was all about cheap food, drinks, and vacation destination. Not until recently did we start seeing all the things the citizens of Mexico, especially rural Mexico, had to go through all their lives. “Prayers for the Stolen” tells another story of Mexico and what it is to live in fear and what it is to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. The media only shows what it wants to show, but books and stories like these are what really show us the other side and what is REALLY going on. Loved the book and really connected with the story. Will definitely be sharing this book with friends and family.

I loved this book and I know that if you relate in any way to the beautiful country of Mexico, then I know you will love this book. Get your copy HERE.

Stay in love,

AM

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

  1. Sounds amazing. I recently finished reading ‘I, Michael Bennet’ (crime fiction, review coming soon, I swear!), and, as you mentioned, it portrayed a certain side of the cartels and the effect it has on Mexico and America. While I enjoyed the book, I think reading a less romanticised account would be amazing. The story itself sound fascinating. Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy! Thanks for the review!

    • Thanks for the comment! yeah I love reading different points of view on what is going on in Mexico today. I am currently reading and almost finished with another book called The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. It’s about immigrants and thier stories about learning to love in the United States, Review coming soon so keep a look out! =) I will go to your blog and look out for the Michael Bennet review! =)

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