The Cost of Dreams
by Gary Stelzer
About the book: Flora, a Mayan teenager, has escaped Talapa, her civil war-torn Central American village where herparents have been slain-and where even being seen in native wear could result in summary execution. Following her dream with nearly superhuman determination, she makes her way to San Diego , and against all odds, becomes a wife, mother and teacher. By hard work and shrewdness, she even obtains legal U.S. status.
But her life takes a horrific turn when she's shot by her drug-dealing brother in-law. As she lays unconscious and bleeding in front of her house, Mexican immigrants traveling on a freight train kidnap and claim her as their daughter, caring for her on a long, grueling cross-country flight.
Nearly a year later, still gravely wounded and disfigured, a freed Flora arrives at the Lake Michigan home of Kate Bowman, an American aide worker who had previously befriended Flora in Talapa. Kate's nephew had vanished on that mission, leaving Kate devastated and overwhelmed with guilt for permitting him to remain in a civil war ravaged Central America while she returned home.
Now Flora, eager to heal her injuries and desperate to restore what remains of her family, reignites in Kate a fire to learn the fate of her long lost nephew. The two women embark on a harrowing journey that takes them to the ancient caves of northwestern Mexico in the Barrancas del Cobre, an exceedingly vast abyss of canyons, in search of a storied Indian healer. The cost of healing borders on the unendurable.
With breathtaking suspense, pulse-pounding action and authentic Indian culture, The Cost of Dreams is peopled by fully realized characters facing overwhelming obstacles and moral dilemmas. In short, it's a riveting and believable first-rate thriller.
From me: The Cost of Dreams was an interesting book. I was a little lost in the beginning, trying to connect everyone and everything, but once the story got going I was very interested! I was really interested in the part of the story when Flora was "adopted" by the Mexican immigrants and traveled cross-country with them. The story is slow and steady, but you will get caught up in Flora's plight and want to see her through to the end.
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