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304 pages, Hardcover
First published August 4, 2016
She learned to blend in, to fade into the foreground, killed her accent so that she didn't stick out, but every new English word took her farther from her parents and the country where she had been born. She wedged herself into an in-between space: not American [...] not Sicilian [...] but eternally other, so that she could only be comfortable when no one expected her to belong.
’So, is this home for now?’ I asked.
[...] ‘Nah. Home’s a long way away still. But we’ll get there.’
I wanted to be the sort of person that would dive in after her, the sort of person that welcomed the unfathomable depths without needing to understand them. I wanted to be my mother, in that moment. I knew that I was not.
People went on and on about how unique their part of the country was, and while the landscape had changed as we went it had still been Wal-Marts and McDonald’s from sea to shining sea.