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South Bound Author Series

Michel Stone



Author of The Iguana Tree and Border Child, Michel Stone presents her award-winning novels about the perilous lives of an immigrant family.
Arts Building
301 E. 11th St.

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About the Books

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. This harrowing novel meticulously examines the obstacles each faces in pursuing a new life: manipulation, rape, and murder in the perilous commerce of border crossings; betrayal by family and friends; exploitation by corrupt officials and rapacious landowners on the U.S. side; and, finally, the inexorable workings of the U.S. justice system. Hector and Lilia meet Americans willing to help them with legal assistance and offers of responsible employment, but their illegal entry seems certain to prove their undoing. The consequences of their decisions are devastating. In the end, The Iguana Tree is a universal story of loss, grief, and human dignity.

Border Child, the riveting sequel to The Iguana Tree, details Héctor and Lilia's continued pursuit of the American Dream. Following the story of the previous novel, in which their dream became every parent’s worst fear when their infant daughter vanished as they crossed from Mexico to the United States—now they must try to get her back. With great empathy and a keen awareness of current events, Michel Stone delivers a novel of surpassing sensitivity and heart.

About Michel Stone

Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, educator, and community volunteer. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child (April 2017, Doubleday/Anchor) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck, and both books have been optioned for film. She is the winner of the Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters, the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature, and the South Carolina Fiction Award. Stone has published numerous stories and essays and her novels have been favorably reviewed by many journals and magazines. She's a graduate of Clemson University with a Master's Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. She's the immediate past board chair of the Hub City Writers Project and has served on The Spartanburg Regional Foundation Board and Clemson University's Humanities Advancement Board. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Spartanburg Day School, the Board of the Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands Council, and on the President’s Advisory Council for Wofford College. She has received residencies from The Ucross Foundation, the Wildacres Residency Program, and the Rowland Writers Retreat. Michel is a Ucross Fellow, Spartanburg Regional Fellow, Liberty Fellow, and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She lives in Spartanburg, SC where she’s at work on her third novel. Her first name is pronounced like Michelle (people always ask!)