The Iguana Tree 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, 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.

About Michel Stone

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Originally from Johns Island, SC, Michel Stone is a fiction writer and outdoor enthusiast. She 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. She now lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Published February 27, 2012 by Hub City Press. 220 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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However, Héctor's plans to save money to bring Lilia and Alejandra to America collapse when Crucita dies, and lonely Lilia defies Héctor's demands she wait.

Feb 15 2012 | Read Full Review of The Iguana Tree

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Lilia and Héctor have strong ties to Puerto Isadore—Lilia's family has called it home for generations—but the allure of a better life in America prompts Héctor to entrust himself to a coyote and endure a terrifying and trying journey that lands him in South Carolina.

Feb 20 2012 | Read Full Review of The Iguana Tree

New York Journal of Books

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“The Iguana Tree is a triumph—an enjoyable and informative story on an important topic. Ms. Stone has found a compelling realistic fiction voice and established herself as an author to watch.”

Mar 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Iguana Tree

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