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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Vaillant Narrator: David H. Lawrence XVII, Ozzie Rodriguez Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Héctor 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.

Héctor finds a name in his friend César’s phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message César has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through?

Over four days, as water and food run low, Héctor 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, home wrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Héctor 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vaillant, whose international best sellers include The Golden Spruce (a Governor General’s Award winner) and The Tiger, a memorably burning-bright book, turns to fiction with results that are ‘riveting’.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Vaillant writes with power and emotion, affection and respect for the Zapotec people and lands…An eloquent literary dissection of the divide between the United States and Mexico.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A dramatic, tense novel…The importance of its themes, which closely mirror life, cannot be doubted.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Vaillant’s timely first novel captures both the straitened circumstances of hardworking campesinos and the humanity and raw desperation of a man slowly giving in to hopelessness.”

    Booklist

  • “Like Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, John Vaillant’s The Jaguar’s Children will be read for a long time to come. It is a major social novel.”

    Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2016 Winner for the ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration
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