|Kulturhuset i Bergen
- Dato: 29.08.2022
- Sal: Kulturhuset i Bergen
- Pris: Gratis
- Scene: TBA
- Innslipp: 17:30
- Arrangementstart: 18:00
- Vergeordning: Ja
Female Minority Voices og Kulturhuset i Bergen presenterer:
The Female Minority Voices Book Club August Meeting: Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
About the book:
A haunting story of love and survival that introduces an unforgettable literary heroine.
Ladydi Garcia Martínez 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. But when a local murder tied to the cartel implicates a friend, Ladydi’s future takes a dark turn. Despite the odds against her, this spirited heroine’s resilience and resolve bring hope to otherwise heartbreaking conditions.
An illuminating and affecting portrait of women in rural Mexico, and a stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of an unjust war, PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination.
For those of you who won't be able to participate in person, you can participate via Zoom. Link will be posted later!
OFFER: Our team member Rodolfo Baldinotti will be able to order the book for those of you who want to use this offer. He will give a list to the bookstore (either Norli Strandgaten or Heim) and you will be contacted when the book is ready to be picked up (payment then and there).
Send an email with your full name and contact information to email@example.com
And as always, if you don't get the chance to read the book, come anyway!
The book functions as a conversation starter, so just read up on the theme/topic of the book, and join us for a good conversation - and bring a friend!
See you there!
Join our book club here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/382802586790525