Prayers for the Stolen
By Jennifer Clement
‘The best thing you can be in Mexico is an ugly girl.’On the mountainside in rural Mexico where Ladydi lives, being a girl is dangerous. Because the stolen girls don’t come back.
Ladydi is determined to get out, to find a life that offers more than just the struggle to survive.Tweet
An absolutely brilliant novel, so well written. The story is a harrowing one, not least because it's the true story of so many girls and women in Mexico, but the writing is so sparce and precise and injected with such shàrp humour that it is an absolute delight to read. My heart was breaking for the women and girls in the story and it made me so angry and frustrated about the machismo of not just Mexican drug lords but of all men who ignore, collude with and participate in the oppression and subjugation of women. Jennifer Clement has done an amazing job in telling this story so charmimgly. Most highly recommended.