One Life
One Life
A Novel
David Lida



Richard, an American in Mexico, helps save the lives of the guilty. A mitigation specialist, hired by defense teams on capital cases in the U.S., he combs the back roads of starving-to-death Mexican shanty towns and agricultural villages. Divorced, a failed novelist with no family, and not too keen on attachments, he investigates the traumatic personal histories of undocumented Mexicans facing the death penalty in his home country.

Esperanza is a young woman from the destitute Mexican hamlet of Puroaire. Trying to escape a life of poverty and abuse, her journey leads her to the United States, where she works on a cleanup crew after Hurricane Katrina. Her harrowing adventure is like that of millions of undocumented workers in the U.S.—until she finds herself in a jail cell, accused of murdering her baby. When Richard visits Esperanza in jail, the boundaries of his closely circumscribed life explode.

Set in the American South and in rural Mexico, One Life examines the indelible links between life and death, sex and love. It's at once a page-turning mystery and a profound examination of freedom and justice.

Title One Life
Subtitle A Novel
Author David Lida
Publisher Unnamed Press, The
Title First Published 24 October 2016
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 246 p.
ISBN-10 1939419956
ISBN-13 9781939419958
Publication Date 24 October 2016
Main content page count 246
Weight 16 oz.
 


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