An ageless story, the themes of dislocation and disruption, exploitation and vulnerability, rich and poor collide to make a powerful and affecting novel. Iso is a young Guatemalan woman working at a fertility clinic at Ixchel, in the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. She caters to the rich, northern women who visit the clinic hoping the waters of the nearby lake might increase their chances of conception. It is not long before Iso meets the charming American doctor, Eric, and a romantic affair begins that will throw her life into turmoil. When an accident forces Eric to unexpectedly leave Guatemala, Iso is left heartbroken and pregnant. But her dreams of raising her newborn baby come to a screaming halt when her daughter is abducted and sent to America to live with Eric and his infertile wife who has coolly staked a claim on the child. Determined to reclaim her stolen daughter, Iso makes her way north crossing into a dystopian America divided into military zones. Travelling without documents and with little money, she descends into a world full of danger. In a place of shifting boundaries, she must determine who she can trust aware that a wrong decision could mean losing her daughter forever.
The gripping novel revealing how far a mother will go to reclaim her child, by an award winning author
David Bergen is the award-winning author of seven previous novels and a collection of short stories. A Year of Lesser was a New York Times Notable Book, and The Case of Lena S. was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Fiction. In 2005, Bergen won the Giller Prize for The Time in Between. The Matter with Morris was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2010, won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.