Prayers for the StolenClement, Jennifer
The odds are stacked against Ladydi Garcia Martinez, her young friends and their mothers who live in the mountains inland from Acapulco, along with the snakes, scorpions and the poppies. With their husbands and fathers having escaped across the border, the only men in their lives are the drug gangsters who arrive in their SUVs to steal the girls. Working on the premise that 'the best thing to be in Mexico is an ugly girl', Ladydi and her friends' survival depends on their efforts to disguise their gender.
Despite their plight, this is a darkly comic story of an unjust war, both profound and inspiring and with unforgettable characters. [Larger font]
Comments from GroupsWe sat, looked at each other, and thought, "Aren't we lucky in our lives in rural NZ?!" It was confronting stuff for many in the group. So well written; and there was love and there was hope in spite of it all. Marlborough 001 An uncomfortable book to read, but it stimulated a lively discussion. Upper Hutt 007 This book needs to be read in small portions to digest the content, and to reflect on Mexico as a holiday destination...we don't think so!! Gisborne 005 We found this difficult - quite confronting and dark. Auckland 133 We enjoyed this book, and felt it was an easy read. While dealing with horrible things, it wasn't hard to read. We found it interesting and would recommend it to others. Motueka 004 We all loved the book, and it created an in-depth discussion around issues of poverty, crime, gender, drugs and relationships. Although there were times when you could have felt depressed reading the novel, it was written in such a way as to not affect you deeply, and a good humorous thread thread ran through the book. Waikanae 010 A great insight into Mexico, and the problems many face there. Nelson 061 A very well written book.The topic was pretty harrowing - trafficking in young girls, drugs, corruption and revenge. An insight into an area we knew little about. Timaru 004 We all thought it was a very worthwhile read. Although there were many awful events, and life was terrible for the 'pretty girls', the style of writing made it easy to read about drug growing, trading and the consequences. Auckland 039 Another high-scoring book. Well-written, describing the horrors of girlhood in Mexico and the terrible conditions in which they live. We admired the resilience and spirit of Ladydi. It is amazing that Rita, living in crime-filled Guerrero, watches documentaries about beauty and nature, while we who live in safe NZ seem to be enamoured of crime and murder TV series. Whakatane 008