From Giller prize‚Äďwinning author ofThe Time in Betweenand Canada Reads finalist forThe Age of Hopecomes a stirring tale that lays bare the bonds of motherhood, revealing just how far a mother will go to reclaim her stolen child.√ćso, a young Guatemalan woman, works at a fertility clinic at Ixchel, in the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. She tends to the rich northern women who visit the clinic hoping that the waters of the nearby lake might increase their chances of conception. Like many of the women working at the clinic, √ćso is aware of the resident American doctor, Eric Mann. Soon √ćso is his secret lover, stealing away with Dr. Mann on long motorcycle rides through the mountains and enjoying beach vacations with Eric and his doctor friends. But their tryst does not last long. Dr. Mann decides he will return to the US, and a freak accident cuts the couple‚Äôs time together even shorter. Before √ćso can tell Dr. Mann that she is pregnant, he is gone.After the birth of her daughter, the baby is taken from her. The director of the clinic informs √ćso that her child is in America. Determined to reclaim her stolen daughter, √ćso makes her way north through Mexico, eventually crossing illegally into a United States divided into military zones. Travelling without documentation, and with little money, √ćso descends into a world full of danger. In a place of shifting boundaries, √ćso must determine who she can trust and how much, aware that she might lose her daughter forever.The profound intelligence and political resonance we have come to expect from Bergen sit front and centre inStranger, contributing to the growing legacy of this Giller Prize‚Äďwinning author. With its themes of dislocation and disruption, of power and vulnerability, of rich and of poor,Strangeris a powerfully resonant political novel for our times.