Written with well-researched thoroughness, Prayers for the Stolen is savage in its detail. Its primitive, inhospitable landscape reinforces the blistering reality of the brutal, cut-throat oppression of day-to-day survival in the face of their ruthless jungle home. The constant natural dangers of iguanas, snakes, and scorpions combined with the lack of access to medical care and the airborne spraying of toxic herbicides maintain only a minor threat in the shadow of a greater evil; the incontemplatively corrupt Mexican drug lords.
I cannot give this title enough stars. If you buy one book this year, put Prayers for the Stolen at the top of your list, and plan on this gripping novel of female courage consuming your every thought well beyond its last pages.
Jennifer Clement studied English Literature and Anthropology at New York University and also studied French literature in Paris, France. She has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine.
Clement is the author of the cult classic memoir Widow Basquiat (on the painter Jean Michel Basquiat) and two novels: A True Story Based on Lies, which was a finalist in the Orange Prize for Fiction, and The Poison That Fascinates.
She is also the author of several books of poetry: The Next Stranger (with an introduction by W.S. Merwin); Newton's Sailor; Lady of the Broom and Jennifer Clement: New and Selected Poems. Her prize-winning story A Salamander-Child is published as an art book with work by the Mexican painter Gustavo Monroy.
Jennifer Clement was awarded the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Fellowship for Literature 2012. She is also the recipient of the UK's Canongate Prize. In 2007, she received a MacDowell Fellowship and the MacDowell Colony named her the Robert and Stephanie Olmsted Fellow for 2007-08. Clement is a member of Mexico's prestigious "Sistema Nacional de Creadores."
Jennifer Clement's new novel Prayers for the Stolen was awarded the NEA Fellowship in Literature 2012 and will be published by Hogarth (USA and UK) in February 2014.
(from her Goodreads Bio at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/68740.Jennifer_Clement)