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Blackbirds in the Pomegranate Tree: Stories from Ixcotel State Prison Paperback – November 7, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
You have touched my heart with your compassion and understanding of the plight of others.
I am happy that you have chosen to be in our beautiful world in this space and time.
An old friend,
Natalia was twelve when her parents were killed in a fire that destroyed her home and left her adrift. She survived by hiding out for four years in an abandoned boxcar. She was discovered by an older man, who made her his lover but never took her home. When she got pregnant, he made sure there was a midwife to deliver the baby. Then he had her arrested and stole the baby for his barren wife. Natalia has been in Ixcotel for three years. Her case has been forgotten. The social worker says that she’s better off inside. “Out there she was a kid living on her own. Who would take care of her now?”
Concha took over her brother’s gang when he moved away to New York. She pulled off seven jobs in Mexico City before she got caught for armed robbery of a large bank. She has a reputation as “the roughest, surliest, most volatile woman” in Ixcotel and stomps a rat to death with her sneakered foot in the prison courtyard. She tells Sanger she has “absolutely, positively NO soft parts.” Then she asks for Sanger's help in writing a love letter.
Flor was a secondary schoolteacher. Her boyfriend was a drug runner and taught her how to use a gun. They were picnicking in the mountains one day when they were attacked. Flor took a bullet in the back of the head, whirled around and shot the man. She never knew who he was, but he died. She’s a flamboyant woman, despite four years in Ixcotel and a brain tumor that may kill her.Read more ›
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Not my type of book. Drawn out to a boring state. Couldn't get past the 5 chapter. Just my bad choice of book this time.Published 2 months ago by SteubenOhio
A remarkably honest and clear picture of a very profound experience by the North American author. She weaves her own story of being falsely accused and imprisoned with poignant... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Roberta Brooks
I loved the page-by-page beauty of this story and this woman's remarkable strength.Published 18 months ago by ejw
I enjoyed each and every minute of this book - would highly recommend! Mary Ellen is a masterful author who tells her story and the stories of the women in Ixcotel in the most... Read morePublished 20 months ago by B. Hansen
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Beautifully written, Interesting true story. I read this book while visiting in Oaxaca (and in the San Pablo Etla village). Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tish
I highly recommend this book. It was written with such poetic grace that the words flew off the pages. Read morePublished on October 6, 2014 by Marina Gonzalez
Beautifully written! Eye-opening stories that stay with you long after you read them. A must-read!Published on September 10, 2014 by lauren hirshfield