The searing, unforgettable story of a young girl's resilience, by the award-winning author of Prayers for the Stolen

A New York Times Editor's Choice
An Amazon Best Book of the Month

"Enthralling . . . a fable of modern American violence, and the resilience it takes to survive a childhood in its shadow."—Erin Keane, Salon

"Offer[s] a glimpse of what a poetics of gun violence might look like… In this book, the machinery of violence purchases a sense of belonging—of thrilling, life-or-death simplicity."—Katy Waldman, The New Yorker

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"Beguiling, and even crazily enchanting . . . gives us words for what we haven't had words for before."
Franscico Goldman, New York Times Book Review


"Sublime, poetic . . . A harrowing, beautifully told love story about two seekers colliding in a pivotal moment in history, and setting everything, including themselves, on fire.”—Rebecca Walker for NPR

Jennifer Clement is President of PEN International. Among many honors for her work, the internationally acclaimed novel Prayers for the Stolen was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Book, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, winner of the Gran Prix des Lectrices Lyceenes de ELLE 2015 and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award. The novel appeared internationally on many “Best Books of the Year” lists, including The Irish Times. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Gun Love. Clement lives in Mexico City.