Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree, on tour April 2012

Posted By on February 14, 2012

About The Iguana Tree

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Hub City Press (March 1, 2012)

Library Journal says The Iguana Tree “recalls the work of John Steinbeck.” Kirkus Reviews calls it “exceptional … a haunting tale of hope and heartbreak.” 

Michel Stone’s debut novel, set against the backdrop of illegal immigration, is one family’s story of fateful decisions, risky border crossings, and a struggle for humanity. With a dream of a more prosperous life for his family, Héctor crosses into America on a harrowing journey in a welded-shut metal compartment under a delivery truck, making his way to job on a tree farm on Edisto Island, SC. He tells Lilia, his young wife, to stay behind with her newborn until he can pay for her travel. Impulsive and impatient, Lilia abandons her village, hands off her baby to a smuggler who should not have been trusted, and swims the dark Rio Grande. The tragedy unfolds across the southern United States. As Michel Stone weaves her tale of hope and human dignity, of sorrow and suffering, we see not only the devastating consequences of Lilia’s and Héctor’s decisions, but the consequences of decisions we have made as a society and as a nation. With its themes of loss, betrayal, and redemption, The Iguana Tree has the resonance of myth.

The Iguana Tree, published by Hub City Press, is a spring Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.

“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

“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, author of Serena and Waking

About Michel Stone

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 and Observer’s emerging Southern writers series and she is a 2011 recipient of the SC Fiction Project Award. Raised on the South Carolina coast, Michel now lives in Spartanburg, S.C.

To learn more about The Iguana Tree, visit the publisher’s website, www.hubcity.org, or visit Michel’s website, www.michelstone.com.



Michel Stone’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, April 2nd:  Luxury Reading

Wednesday, April 4th:  Book Chase

Thursday, April 5th:  Life in Review

Monday, April 9th:  Unabridged Chick

Tuesday, April 10th:  The Feminist Texican [Reads]

Wednesday, April 11th:  The Picky Girl

Thursday, April 12th:  Indie Reader Houston

Friday, April 13th:  Raging Bibliomania

Monday, April 16th:  Book Addiction

Thursday, April 19th:  Jenn’s Bookshelves

Monday, April 23rd:  Book Club Classics!

Monday, April 23rd:  Colloquium

Tuesday, April 24th:  Estella’s Revenge

Wednesday, April 25th:  Book Chatter

Monday, April 30th:  Suko’s Notebook



2 Responses to “Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree, on tour April 2012”

  1. Brooke says:

    We can’t wait! The Iguana Tree is phenomenal.

  2. Kathi says:

    Living in Arizona and seeeing people dying in the desert aorund us, as a result of our immigration policies, I loved this book and hope others will come to see the migrants as real people.

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