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Edmonds College Community Read: Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement: About the Book

Prayers for the Stolen


From the back of the book:

Ladydi Garcia Martinez is fierce, funny, and smart, but she was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountatins of Guerrero, Mexico, she and her mother live in the shadow of the drug war, where gangsters are kings and girls are stolen in broad daylight. Mothers must disguise their daughters to protect them from roving cartels. 

When she is offered work at the home of a wealthy family in Acapulco, Ladydi finds her first taste of love, but when a local murder tied to the cartel implicates a close friend, Ladydi's story takes a dark turn. Yet 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.

The Wall Street Journal calls Prayers for the Stolen "beautiful, heartrending...powerful," and the NY Times Book Review says it's "crazily enchanting."