- Crime & Thriller
The gripping novel revealing how far a mother will go to reclaim her child, by an award winning author
An ageless story, the themes of dislocation and disruption, exploitation and vulnerability, rich and poor collide to make a powerful and affecting novel.
Íso 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 Íso 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, Íso 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, Íso 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.
'Breathtaking… a work of genius' Matthew Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves
David Bergen is a writer with perfect instinct for the old traditions of epic storytelling, and also for intricate observation of how people operate, and why they do what they do. Stranger is compressed and intense, its language clear, its story provocative and exciting. Novels as good as this come around rarely—a few in a lifetime' Samantha Harvey, author of Dear Thief
‘An amazing story of the lengths a mother will go to in order to save her child... I'd urge anyone who struggles to sympathise with immigrants to read this book’ The Bookbag
'Like watching a game of Russian roulette… Stranger feels like a caution, warning of the dangers of continued disunity and the growing rift from inequality' Toronto Star
'Brilliant and utterly convincing' Globe and Mail
'The gorgeous lyricism of David Bergen’s latest novel recalls the atmosphere of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea' Maclean’s
'Arguably his best novel… The book manages the rare feat of being profound and important but at the same time absolutely gripping' Quill & Quire
'I loved Stranger from start to finish' The Girly Bookclub