Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

PrayersThis is a book about how women survive in one of the most lawless countries on earth. In rural Mexico the eccentrically-named Ladydi narrates how her and her mother and the other families in their village live their lives; grabbing a basic education, visiting the beauty parlour and hiding their daughters from the bandits who will steal and traffic them.

All the men in the village are gone, mostly to the USA to look for work, so the women and children find ways to cope with the ever-present threat of being terrorised by drug lords and betrayed by the police and government. They observe the gap between their own impoverished existence and the wealth of criminals and corrupt officials.

Ladydi’s journey takes her from her village to the city of Acapulco and eventually inside a notorious women’s jail. For a while it seems as though this story would end in tragedy but Ladydi is given the chance to drive off into the sunset, possibly towards a better life?

Sally

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