- Xhenet Aliu
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- ISBN-10: 1432850822
- ISBN-13: 9781432850821
- DDC: Fic
- Shipping Weight: 1.10 lbs ( .50 kgs)
- 444 Pages | Hardcover
- Published/Released April 2018
A waitress at the Betsy Ross Diner, Elsie hopes her nickel-and-dime tips will add up to a new life. Then she meets Bashkim, a married man who left Albania to chase his dreams and wound up working as a line cook in Waterbury, Connecticut. Seventeen years later, headstrong and independent Luljeta receives a rejection letter from NYU and a suspension from school on the same day. Now she’s stuck in Connecticut with her mother, Elsie — a fate she refuses to accept.
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“A boldly witty and astute inquiry into the nature-versus-nurture debate, the inheritance of pain, and the dream of transcendence.”— Booklist (starred)
“Deftly written in a style that is evocative of time and place, this universal story of the search for home is well translated into the blue-collar world of Elsie and Lulu.”— Library Journal (starred)
“This glimmering debut novel reflects on mother-daughter connections, abandonment and resilience, and dreams that endure despite the odds.”— starred, Kirkus Reviews