TLC Presents: The Iguana Tree Review and Free Giveaway

Product DetailsThe Iguana Treeby Michel Stone

Release date: 2012 (paperback) / 224 pages

Synopsis(from Amazon): Set amid the perils of illegal border crossings, The Iguana Tree is the suspenseful saga of Lilia and Hector, who separately make their way from Mexico into the United States, seeking work in the Carolinas and a home for their infant daughter.

Review:  When I lived in Minnesota, the concept of “immigration” was abstract.  Of course I had opinions about this topic, but living in a northern state that only borders Canada (whose residents do not seem desperate to enter the U.S.), I really did not give much thought to this.  However, living in Colorado fleshes out the “idea” of immigration — the state’s diversity is composed of Hispanic individuals and I now know about “sanctuary cities” since I live only a few miles from three.  My book club has recently chosen Just Like Us — a nonfiction work about four high school girls whose parents are all undocumented, but two of the girls were born in the U.S. while the other two were not.

So, I am currently fascinated by this topic and the arrival of The Iguana Tree was serendipitous in many ways. This story focuses on a Mexican couple who decide to start a new life in the U.S.  The couple are forced to cross the border separately and Stone masterfully alternates between their perspectives and experiences each chapter.  Each journey is expectedly harrowing and the losses are immeasurable.

The Iguana Tree would be an excellent choice for book clubs.  At just over 200 pages, it is a very fast read — especially since the suspense makes this novel nearly impossible to put down.  In addition, the voices of each character are authentic and well-crafted — learning about immigration through the voices of actual, albeit fictional, immigrants encourages compassion toward a topic that can so often become dehumanizing and polarizing. I guarantee that the discussion sparked by this novel will require no discussion questions.

Interested in winning a free copy and seeing for yourself?  Drop me a comment and I’ll choose a winner soon!

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19 Responses to TLC Presents: The Iguana Tree Review and Free Giveaway

  1. Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀ says:

    I love books that share cultural issues. This is a timely one. I look forward to reading Iquana Tree.

  2. Diane says:

    Sounds like a great book and interesting. I live in southern states so we hear alot about illegel immigration alot here. Would love to read this book. Thank you for your review.

  3. Anita Yancey says:

    I would love to read this book, it does sound very interesting. I live in a southern state and they say we have more illegal immigrants here than they do in Arizona. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  4. Christy says:

    This sounds like a very thought-provoking as well as suspenseful read. I’d love to read it.

  5. Margie says:

    Sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Debbie says:

    Sounds lke a great discussion book. Our group is always looking for social issues andcurrent event issues.

  7. Anna says:

    I know little about border crossing motivations and would like to read more from a Mexican’s perspective. Why risk the danger and problem?

    Thanks for sharing. Please consider me.

  8. Stephanie D says:

    Sund like a very timely book. Would love to win it.

  9. Diane says:

    Thanks for this fascinating novel which would be memorable and special.

  10. Ellie says:

    This book is a captivating giveaway. Many thanks.

  11. Carol Wong says:

    I love to read about immigration and social issues. I wish that people would check their hearts first when thinking about immigration. There would be a lot of different issues to discuss with this book.

  12. Kathleen says:

    This is a great topic and could lead to some interesting discusssion especially in an election year. Would love to win it and preview for my book group!

  13. Linda says:

    This book sounds like a great discussion choice as the issue has polarity. The “quick read” character-driven story would also intrigue all three of my book groups! Please enter me into the drawing.

  14. Pearl says:

    What a great feature. Sounds wonderful.

  15. Mary Gillick says:

    Sounds like a great read on a ‘controversial’ topic from a country whose population mainly came from immigrants.

  16. Steve Vetter says:

    Sounds like a great book. I want to read it.

  17. nfmgirl says:

    I’m interested in stories about immigration. Please count me in! Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  18. Pingback: Michel Stone, author of The Iguana Tree, on tour April 2012 | TLC Book Tours

  19. Sounds like there is a great deal to discuss in this book – glad to see that you recommend it for book clubs! Thanks for being on the tour.

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