Michel Stone's debut novel The Iguana Tree, which Library Journal says "recalls the work of John Steinbeck," received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and an IPPY Award as one of the top novels published in 2012 by an independent press. The book was named a spring 2012 "Okra Pick" from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association and was also named a finalist for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year in the multicultural fiction category. This novel has been selecetd by several universities and colleges for their "Freshman Read" or "Common Read" programs, among them Clemson University, Converse College, Catawba Valley Community College, and Spartanburg Community College. It was the 2013 Community Read selection for Hermiston, Oregon and the 2015 Community Read selection for Upstate International Month (SC).
The Iguana Tree was released in March 2012. Check out the video below if you missed the party!
"The Iguana Tree is probably the best of the novels I have read on the subject (of illegal immigration)...guaranteed to touch the heart of even the staunchest opponent of illegal immigration. It compels the reader to see the illegals as people rather than mere statistics and helps to explain why so many are willing to gamble everything to get out of Mexico and Central America and into the United States. I particularly applaud the realistic ending that Stone chose for The Iguana Tree because a softer approach would have greatly lessened the impact of the story she tells so well."