As a child, author Michel Stone first noticed immigrant children in the tomato fields with their parents. She wondered about their lives and experiences. Her curiosity lead her to befriend a Mexican family years later, and listening to their stories of hardship and danger sparked her first novel, The Iguana Tree. That focus on displaced people, driven from their homes by hunger or lawlessness, led her to explore the immigrant experience further, resulting in her next novel, The Border Child. In it, a young couple are separated from their baby daughter during their crossing. The dream of a better life devolves into every parents’ worst nightmare. The author’s aim is to remind us that none of us chose our place or the circumstances of our birth, but we do share the same desire to provide for our families and better ourselves.
The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation proudly welcomes Michel Stone to Books in Bloom, May 20!