Every now and then, I read a book that stays with me for a long time, and it takes me a while to move on to another book because I’m still soaking up the story.
“Prayers For the Stolen” by Jennifer Clement is one of those books.
I had the pleasure to read this heart wrenching and life changing novel. I normally do not read much of this genre. It has the tendency to make me sad, but the good part is that it is the kind of book that really makes you think about how fortunate you are to be where you are or grateful for what you have.
The main character in this novel, Ladydi, grew up in Mexico in a very poor town. The story covers her youth there with her mother in details and the very sad life they had. Unfortunate events later on happen that result in Ladydi being incarcerated for a crime she did not commit. She happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong person.
I will not spoil it but the author did such a great job taking us “the readers” into the world of the main character. From the school, to the prison, I was captivated by the story.
The voice and tone of the character are consistent throughout the story. I never heard of this author until I read this book, and I hope to read more of her work now. If you’re looking for something different–not your everyday kind of novel, I recommend this book. It will teach you about a part of the world you may not know much about and make you reflect about your life.