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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Hub City Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189188588X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891885884
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Recalls the works of John Steinbeck..." --Library Journal

"Michel Stone has written a stirring novel of love and courage under the most daunting of conditions. The Iguana Tree is an impressive debut by a very talented author." -- Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author

"Stone writes with care and compassion, with close attention to the ambiguities built into U.S. Policy toward undocumented workers from south of the border. Her story is powerful, its melancholy truths hard to ignore or forget." --C. Michael Curtis, fiction editor of The Atlantic

"Stone's palpable, skillful prose prevails as its principal achievement. With a precise rendering of place and character and a genuine, emotional poignancy, The Iguana Tree is noteworthy storytelling." --Foreword Reviews

"The Iguana Tree is a triumph--an enjoyable and informative story on an important topic. Ms. Stone has found a compelling realistic fiction voice and established herself as an author to watch." --NY Journal of Books

"Stone has done exceptional work in making real the struggles and despair, the resolute discipline and hope, driving the desire to find a better life while also illuminating unexpected connections of near-familial love among people of difference cultures who live and work together. A haunting tale of hope and heartbreak." --Kirkus Reviews

"In her marvelously perceptive and revelatory debut novel, Stone explores the raw, personal side of U.S. immigration policy--one far removed from the political rhetoric in which the issue is often ensconced. ... Stone turns a highly politicized subject into a deeply human predicament by homing in with piercing clarity on her characters inner struggles to create a hard-to-forget story of the devastation brought about by a simple wish for a better life." --Booklist

"A story told with tremendous grace. . . humanity courses through The Iguana Tree. --The Atlanta Journal Constitution

"... tightly written and wildfire-paced plot... In an utterly unsentimental and non-exploitative manner, the author manages to dramatize a sensational topic in a way that seems utterly relatable and peculiarly normal." --The Texas Observer

"The Iguana Tree is poignant, powerful, graceful and witty, beautiful and brave. Like John Steinbeck's The Pearl, this novel is a gem." --Charleston Post and Courier

"...beautiful debut novel ... poignant and honest ... Well-written, expertly paced, and timely." --Publishers Weekly (starred)

About the Author

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.

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Customer Reviews

This story is beautifully written and expressive.
L. Ellis
No matter how you feel about the immigration situation in the United States this story will make you rethink your stance.
bluegrass girl
This story stayed with me long after I read the last page.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tina Ridgeway on March 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Once I started this debut novel by Michel Stone, I could not put it down! It is a beautiful story of a Mexican couple trying to make a better life for themselves and their infant daughter by crossing into the United States as illegal immigrants. Their trials and tribulations are somewhat haunting, but I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. This book is eloquently written and it left me hoping to find out more about the lives of Lilia and Hector. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for future reads from this riveting author! This novel is also a must for bookclubs, as there will be much to discuss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Tekulve on April 12, 2013
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This book's message is big hearted and very humane. The tale presents a family of illegal immigrants who journey from Mexico into the United States, and it shows the hardships and tragedies that they endure. The story feels as if it could be true, which is a credit to Ms. Stone's ability as a writer. The sad events that the characters experience are elevated by the beautiful prose and the pitch perfect pacing of the story. I highly recommend this book because it is true, and because it poses all the important questions that any thinking person should be asking herself about the issues of immigration in our country.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Farm Girl on March 17, 2012
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Having worked on a tomato farm myself, this story really hit home with me. From the descriptions of the low country where I was raised, to the rawness of the west coast of Mexico that I have experienced firsthand, to the heart wrenching story of a young couple trying to find a better life, Michel Stone has captured it all so profoundly. A very political and relevant topic dealt in a very personal way. Bravo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PCooper on February 23, 2013
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This is an excellent read - especially now during this national discussion of immigration. In fact, it is being used for our One Book One Community project this year sponsored by Altrusa International of Hermiston, OR. We are bringing the author to town for two days to lead discussions of the book. It seems we all forget we are a nation of immigrants - the books shares the story of two and why & how they get to the US.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janit Llewellyn Allen on November 13, 2012
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This book captivated me as it opened my eyes to the tragic possibilities for immigrants into the United States. This well written story toggles the reader from Puerto Isadore, Mexico to the low country of South Carolina on Edisto Island. The risks and losses experienced by Lilia and Hector are both foolhardy and heart-warming. The Iguana Tree is an easy read, with lots of depth. Michel Stone, I am waiting for the sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny194 on November 7, 2012
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Michele Stone has created vivid characters who continue to haunt our thoughts long after reading their touching story. The journey of a young Mexican family to establish a better life in America embodies the essence of the dream upon which this nation was founded. The fear and terror that they experience at very turn, living a life outside all laws-those of humanity as well as legal ones- muddles the question of right and wrong.

The Iguana Tree paints a picture of the triumph of hope and the human spirit in the face overwhelming adversity and tragedy. Stone masterfully takes a national "situation" and gives it faces and hearts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna Jean Mayhew on March 17, 2012
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We see them every day, those who've crossed our southern border in hopes of a better life, and I will never again see such immigrants in the same way. This astonishing novel captured me from the beginning and never let me go. Michel Stone brings to terrifying reality things she could not possibly have lived, e.g., crossing the border in the false bottom of a tractor-trailer. This debut novelist has a masterful command of language and vivid characters. I highly recommend this new novel and look forward to more from Michel Stone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cgable on February 26, 2013
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this novel is tightly written, with a gripping plot and well developed characters. Though the backdrop involving illegals crossing the border to the US, the characters and their experience form the guts of the story and the reader will care about the outcome regardless of a person opinion on immigration.
worth the read.
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