Prayers for the Stolen

Prayers for the Stolen

Book - 2014
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Born in a rural Mexico region where girls are disguised as boys to avoid the attentions of traffickers, Ladydi dreams of a better life before moving to Mexico City, where she falls in love and ends up in a prison with other women who share her experiences
Publisher: London : Hogarth, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780804138789
0804138788
Branch Call Number: FIC Clement, J 2014
Characteristics: 212 pages ; 22 cm

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uncommonreader
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.

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Cas22
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.

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franque
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.

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rockylynn
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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coward
Mar 03, 2014

This book appears to be cataloged with an incorrect title. It is titled "prayers for the stolen", not "prayers for the unusual".

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