The Jaguar's Children

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The Jaguar's Children

By John Vaillant

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780544315495, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

Description
An Indie Next pick Terrifying . . . Though the geography of the story is that of Cormac McCarthy, the plot shares more territory with Edgar Allan Poe . . . An end that is improbable, dripping with irony, and entirely satisfying. "Outside" Vaillant writes with power and emotion, affection and respect . . . An eloquent literary dissection of the divide between the United States and Mexico. "Kirkus Reviews, "starred reviewFrom the best-selling author of"TheTiger"and"The Golden Spruce," this debut novelisa gripping survivalstory of a young man trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing. Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait. Hector finds a name in his friend Cesar's phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message Cesar has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through? Over four days, as water and food run low, Hector tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca its rich culture, its rapid change to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Hector fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world. Both an outstanding suspense novel and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures, "The Jaguar's Children"shows how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.


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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015

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