Jennifer Clement: "Prayers For The Stolen"

Girls are escorted by soldiers as they walk in Huatla village, Heliodoro Castillo municipality, Guerrero State, Mexico, on August 3, 2013. Huatla is one of 13 villages from where residents have left due to murders, threats and kidnappings by drug cartel members.  - (Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Girls are escorted by soldiers as they walk in Huatla village, Heliodoro Castillo municipality, Guerrero State, Mexico, on August 3, 2013. Huatla is one of 13 villages from where residents have left due to murders, threats and kidnappings by drug cartel members.

(Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Jennifer Clement: "Prayers For The Stolen"

A new novel about a young girl growing up in rural Mexico: It's a story of hope and determination in a place where mothers disguise their daughters as sons to keep them from being kidnapped by drug lords.

The state of Guererro, Mexico, is one of the most dangerous places on earth. Poverty and violence abound in an area long ravaged by the drug wars. This is the setting for a new novel by Jennifer Clement, who was born in the U.S. but raised in Mexico. It’s the story of a young girl growing up on a mountain in Guerrero with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. She’s forced to cut her hair and dress like a boy to make her less attractive to marauding drug lords. And she and her friends hide from kidnappers in holes dug by their mothers. Diane talks with Jennifer Clement about her American fiction debut, “Prayers for the Stolen.”

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Jennifer Clement

author of "A True Story Based on Lies" and former president of PEN Mexico

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Reprinted from the book "Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement." Copyright 2014 by Jennifer Clement. Published by Crown, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc.

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