The Iguana Tree

The Iguana Tree

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by Michel Stone
     
 

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Set amid the perils of illegal border crossings, The Iguana Tree is the suspenseful saga of Lilia and Hector, who separately make their way from Mexico into the United States, seeking work in the Carolinas and a home for their infant daughter.

Michel Stone's harrowing novel meticulously examines the obstacles each faces in pursuing a new life: manipulation,…  See more details below

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Set amid the perils of illegal border crossings, The Iguana Tree is the suspenseful saga of Lilia and Hector, who separately make their way from Mexico into the United States, seeking work in the Carolinas and a home for their infant daughter.

Michel Stone's harrowing novel meticulously examines the obstacles each faces in pursuing a new life: manipulation, rape, and murder in the perilous commerce of border crossings; betrayal by family and friends; exploitation by corrupt officials and rapacious landowners on the U.S. side; and, finally, the inexorable workings of the U.S. justice system.

Hector and Lilia meet Americans willing to help them with legal assistance and offers of responsible employment, but their illegal entry seems certain to prove their undoing. The consequences of their decisions are devastating. In the end, The Iguana Tree is a universal story of loss, grief, and human dignity.

Editorial Reviews

Ron Rash
Michel Stone has written a stirring novel of love and courage under the most daunting of conditions. The Iguana Tree is an impressive debut by a very talented author.
Anna Jean Mayhew
Until I read Michel Stone’s superb novel I seldom thought about the host of aliens, legal or otherwise, coming into this country. Experiencing ‘crossings’ with Lilia and Héctor, the alternating points of view in this novel, has changed me. Stone brings the story to the perfect denouement, and as much as I ached for a different outcome, I realized that this fine writer had correctly chosen reality over happily ever after, while leaving the reader room for hope. This is
C. Michael Curtis
Michel Stone writes with care and compassion, with close attention to the ambiguities built into U.S. policy toward undocumented workers from south of the border. Her story is powerful, its melancholy truths hard to ignore, or forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013991781
Publisher:
Hub City Press
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
940,630
File size:
748 KB

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Meet the Author

Michel Stone has published more than a dozen stories and essays in journals, magazines, and books. Her work has appeared numerous times in the Raleigh News & Observer's Emerging Southern Writers series. She is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Project Award. Raised on the South Carolina coast, Stone now lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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