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
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