Novel Summary BORDER CHILD:

For Héctor and Lilia, pursuit of the American Dream became every parent’s worst fear when their infant daughter vanished as they crossed from Mexico to the United States—now they must try to get her back. With great empathy and a keen awareness of current events, Michel Stone delivers a novel of surpassing sensitivity and heart.

Advance Praise for Border Child:

"Michel Stone has written a deeply moving tale that delivers a hefty emotional punch. Border Child is a compassionate, beautiful novel."
-- Ron Rash, author of Serena

“Border Child is an important and timely must-read! Michel Stone writes with confident authority about the heart wrenching experiences of a young Mexican couple desperately seeking their child lost at the border. As the reader journeys with them a deeper, meaningful appreciation of their culture, decisions and humanity takes root in our heart. Border Child is a cross-cultural tour de force.”
-- Mary Alice Monroe, author of A Lowcountry Wedding

"At a time when Mexican immigrants are being demonized or turned into nothing more than statistics, Michel Stone offers us a heartbreaking and profound story about the realities of the immigrant experience and the price that a family pays for a shot at the American Dream. Raw, painful, and illuminating, Stone delves deep into the humanity of her characters to reveal the true human cost of immigration."
--- Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us

 

Novel Summary THE IGUANA TREE:

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. This 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.

Praise for The Iguana Tree:

"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."
---NY Journal of Books

“Recalls the works of John Steinbeck.”
---Library Journal

“Well-written, expertly paced, and timely. "
---Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

“Tightly written. A wildfire-paced plot.”
 ---The Texas Observer