A Novel

Book - 2016
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Iso, a young Guatemalan woman, works at a fertility clinic at Ixchel, in the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. She tends to the rich northern women who visit the clinic hoping that the waters of the nearby lake might increase their chances of conception. Like many of the women working at the clinic, Iso is aware of the resident American doctor, Eric Mann. Soon Iso is his secret lover, stealing away with Dr. Mann on long motorcycle rides through the mountains and enjoying beach vacations with Eric and his doctor friends. But their tryst does not last long. Dr. Mann decides he will return to the US, and a freak accident cuts the couple's time together even shorter. Before Iso can tell Dr. Mann that she is pregnant, he is gone. After the birth of her daughter, the baby is taken from her. The director of the clinic informs Iso that her child is in America. Determined to reclaim her stolen daughter, Iso makes her way north through Mexico, eventually crossing illegally into a United States divided into military zones. Travelling without documentation, and with little money, Iso descends into a world full of danger. In a place of shifting boundaries, Iso must determine who she can trust and how much, aware that she might lose her daughter forever.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781443450973
Characteristics: 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 25, 2017

I found this one truly engrossing, particularly in light of some of what is happening in the world right now in terms of building potential walls, and the huge gaps between the haves and have-nots.

Jan 19, 2017

David Bergen is an amazing writer and his characters stick for a long time after. Stranger is no different. Readers will find themselves cheering for Iso during her ordeal.

Dec 21, 2016

Oh this is marvellous; my kind of novel. I could hardly put it down.
I love the way David Bergen writes.
He has won the Giller and many awards.

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