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Another really great book. I enjoyed Jennifer Clement’s Prayers for the Stolen, one full of dismal conditions, heartache, growth, pain, loss, and redemption. The writing itself can keep you engaged, but you’ll want to stick around in the story anyway. The absolute poverty of the area grips your heart and you gain a new understanding of struggle.
Ladydi, the main character and story teller, comes of age in this tale about life in a small Mexican town in the mountains, where what constitutes as a school is a one room building with varying teachers (or sometimes none), but the real education is all about survival. She learns how to not become one of the stolen, being beautiful is a curse, and what leads to a complete loss of identity and family.
Then, one day, after a Ladydi’s mother caused another personal tragedy for Ladydi, a new life. One filled with opulence, not for Ladydi, but all around her. Even a young love for Ladydi. Until yet another era of turbulence in Ladydi’s life.
Prayers for the Stolen is such a spinning, winding tale through Ladydi’s life. The life of a little girl, born to a man and woman, in a small village town in Mexico. I’d suggest this profound story to be on your need to read list this summer. So, head over to Amazon and check it out for yourself.
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