Prayers for the Stolen

Prayers for the Stolen

Book - 2014
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Ladydi Garcia Mar̕tnez 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 husbands 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, Ladydis future takes a dark turn. Despite the odds against her, this spirited heroines resilience and resolve bring hope to otherwise heartbreaking conditions.
Publisher: London : Hogarth Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804138789
Branch Call Number: FICTION CLEME...J
Characteristics: 212 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 27, 2017

This book about the girls and women of Mexico terrorized by the drug cartels is funny but true. Clement strikes just the right measure. Recommended.

Sep 21, 2015

In this simply written but powerful novel Jennifer Clement documents the terrible plight of girls and women in the narcotics-dominated state of Guerrera in Mexico. Here, the drug lords rule with impunity and mothers must do everything they can to prevent their daughters being stolen and sold as “slave mistresses” to wealthy Mexican men. Their desperate measures include disguising their girls as boys, blackening their faces and teeth to make them look ugly and hiding them holes in the fields. Based on ten years of research, the fictional story of Ladydi and her friends is a compelling and shocking read.

Mar 16, 2015

Beautiful, imaginative, and brutal. I loved the plot of this book & the voice of the storyteller made me happy to be under their spell. I highly recommend this, especially to women.

multcolib_darceem Feb 12, 2015

A mesmerizing tale of how the drug trade in Mexico affects the lives of young girls in a small mountain village in Guerrero state. A great book club choice, or for anyone interested in fiction based on very real issues and packed with magical details.

Jan 27, 2015

Found this title on a book club list. The novel tells the story of a town near Mexico City where young girls are stolen away from their families by drug traffickers.

These girls are then forced into prostitution and most never survive very long.

In the small town, daughters are disguised as boys so the drug lords will leave them alone. Living in abject poverty they know nothing of life outside their town other than the dangers that await should they be discovered.

A quick read and very a heart rendering story.


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