Stones for Ibarra (Paperback)

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Reminiscent of Jeanette Haien’s The All of It in its simple beauty and lasing power, Stones for Ibarra is a portrait gallery of the inhabitants of an isolated Mexican town named Ibarra. Sara and Richard Everton have left behind established lives in California to reopen an abandoned copper mine in Ibarra, a place they have never been and about which they know very little.  Initially the villagers seem as remote and foreign as the landscape, but as the mine prospers and Richard’s health fails, Sara comes to appreciate the bonds she has forged and the ways in which even the most trivial seeming incidents are imbued with the extraordinary.

Kate, PSB Book Club Leader

— From Stones for Ibarra


Winner of the National Book Award for First Work of Fiction

"A very good novel indeed, with echoes of Gabriel García Márquez, Katherine Anne Porter, and even Graham Greene."--The New York Times

Richard and Sara Everton, just over and just under forty, have come to the small Mexican village of Ibarra to reopen a copper mine abandoned by Richard’s grandfather fifty years before. They have mortgaged, sold, borrowed, left friends and country, to settle in this remote spot; their plan is to live out their lives here, connected to the place and to each other.

The two Americans, the only foreigners in Ibarra, live among people who both respect and misunderstand them. And gradually the villagers--at first enigmas to the Evertons--come to teach them much about life and the relentless tide of fate.

About the Author

Harriet Doerr (1910-2002) was born in Pasadena, California, and attended Smith College in 1927, but received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1977, where she was accepted into the Creative Writing Program. She was a Stegner Fellow, received the Transatlantic Review Henfield Foundation Award and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Doerr’s first novel, Stones for Ibarra, won the 1984 National Book Award for First Work of Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, the Godal Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Harold D. Vursell Award. Her second novel, Consider This, Señora, was a national bestseller. Doerr’s third and final book, The Tiger in the Grass, was a collection of stories and anecdotal pieces.

Praise For…

"A novel of genuine power and intelligence, written in an arresting style, amply imbued with atmosphere and meaning."--The Washington Post

"Doerr is a marvelous writer. Her observations are clear sighted, her writing spare but graceful, and she creates telling images. . . . A wonderful book."--Publishers Weekly

"Something of a miracle as novels go, a real act of creation."--Los Angeles Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780140075625
ISBN-10: 0140075623
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 8th, 1985
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series