The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone
Hub City Press
Available at local bookstores or www.Amazon.com
"Recalls the work of John Steinbeck."
“Exceptional…a haunting tale of hope and heartbreak.”
Set amid the perils of illegal border crossings, The Iguana Tree is the suspenseful saga of Lilia, Hector, and their infant daughter who separately make their way from Mexico into the United States, seeking work in the Carolinas. This harrowing novel meticulously examines the obstacles each faces in pursuing a new life 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.
The Iguana Tree is a spring "Okra Pick" from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Watch the book trailer here.
Michel Stone has published more than a dozen stories and essays in journals, magazines, and books. Her work has appeared numerous times in the Raleigh News & Observer's Emerging Southern Writers series. She is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Project Award. Raised on the South Carolina coast, Stone now lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.