The Iguana Tree [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Iguana Tree

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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013991781
  • Publisher: Hub City Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 440,281
  • File size: 731 KB

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Fabulous book! Great read!

    Michel Stone has an amazing debut novel. Her character development is so complete and solid, I feel in love with the main characters. Great read and a page turner!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    I highly recommend this riveting page-turner. The author uses th

    I highly recommend this riveting page-turner. The author uses the backdrop of Mexican illegal immigration into the US to tell a gripping tale of a young family hoping for a better life. But -- the book is not political at all. Few authors could pull that off. It's just a great story that will linger with you long after you read the last page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This is an excellent book - great writing, engaging story and I actually learned some things.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    Wow! I could not put this book down! No matter how you feel ab

    Wow! I could not put this book down! No matter how you feel about U.S. Immigration laws, the story will literally sweep you away. It is both sad and full of hope. I can't wait to read more from Michel Stone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

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    The Iguana Tree is written with compassion, yet provides only a


    The Iguana Tree is written with compassion, yet provides only a brief glimpse into the lives of undocumented workers.

    Hector, Lilia and their newborn daughter live in Puerto Isadore and dream of a life in America. As the novel opens, Hector has paid someone to take him across the border. The plan, once there, is to find a job, save money and send for Lilia and the baby as soon as possible. Lilia, impatient to be with her husband, finds passage herself and what follows is their story.

    This novel had promise. It opened beautifully and I found myself taken with Lilia and Hector and the small town they live in. As Hector makes his way across the border, I considered many times, how desperate a person had to be, to risk everything for the American dream. But what happens seems almost too good to be true and then right when you begin to question just how good things are, they are hit with tragedy which was all-together too convenient for me.

    As I was reading, I got the sense that the author didn’t want to upset anyone, including herself. That she wanted these characters to come out on top, but then knew or perhaps felt that it couldn’t possibly turn out well and then at the end, (which I will not spoil for anyone) she goes back into the other direction again. Kind of.

    If I had spent more time with these characters in their hometown, I would have understood their motivation more. If the author had focused on one aspect of their story, perhaps more time could have been spent on developing that one aspect instead of trying to touch on all the issues involved with undocumented workers. And last, but certainly not least…what is she trying to say? I don’t feel as if a statement was made. Does she support illegal immigration? Does she support undocumented workers? Is she saying that the process should be easier to enter the country legally? I’m not sure and I really searched for this in order to give this book a fair shake.

    I wanted and expected a lot more because there were pieces that did work well and there were times where I did feel something for these characters, but in the end, no stance was made and that choice affected the entire story.

    Would I read another book by this author? Yes, because what I liked, I liked quite a bit, but I wanted more. I do think this would make a good discussion book for a book club though. There is a lot to explore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Great book

    This is my favorite book i love how it just hooks you in in the beginning and you can never put it down

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