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Prayers for the Stolen

A Novel
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Ladydi Garcia Martinez is fierce, funny, and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have left to seek opportunities elsewhere. 

Here in the shadow of the drug war, bodies turn up on the outskirts of the village to be taken back to the earth by scorpions and snakes. School is held sporadically, when a volunteer can be coerced away from the big city for a semester. In Guerrero, the drug lords are kings, and mothers disguise their daughters as sons, or when that fails, they "make them ugly" - cropping their hair, blackening their teeth - anything to protect them from the rapacious grasp of the cartels. And when the black SUVs roll through town, Ladydi and her friends burrow into holes in their backyards like animals, tucked safely out of sight.   

While her mother waits in vain for her husband's return, Ladydi and her friends dream of a future that holds more promise than mere survival, finding humor, solidarity, and fun in the face of so much tragedy. When Ladydi is offered work as a nanny for a wealthy family in Acapulco, she seizes the chance and finds her first taste of love with a young caretaker there.  

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Jennifer Clement (P)2018 Tantor

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Tragic but beautiful.

I read this book when a was a teenager and fell in love with it. After several years I found it here and wish it had more attention! This book is tragic, deep, and an amazing read that makes you root for this unfortunate girl. It’ll bring tears to your eyes but give your heart a few squeezes, I highly recommend it!

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  • RICHARDSON, TX, United States
  • 09-23-18

Super sad story

Narrator did a great job with the story. It's a super sad story about a girl in Mexico and her existence. They live an hour outside Acapulco in the jungle. Cartel men are sent in to take the young girls and use them for whatever purpose they'd like. The whole trajectory is dismal and doesn't leave you with much of anything you can do about the situation.

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good reading

Very detailed, good-fair. Really expected a better ending. I may read more of her books.