Mina is the perfect daughter. Bound for Harvard, president
of the honor society, straight A student, all while she works at her family’s
dry cleaners and helps care for her hearing-impaired younger sister. On the
outside, Mina does everything right. On the inside, Mina knows the truth. Her
life is a lie.
At the height of a heat wave, the summer before her senior
year, Mina meets the one person to whom she cannot lie. Ysrale, a young migrant
worker who dreams of becoming a musician, comes to work at the dry cleaners and
asks Mina the one question that scares her most. What does she want?
Mina finds herself torn between living her mother’s dreams,
caring for her younger sister, grasping the love that Ysrael offers, and the
most difficult of all, living a life that is true.
With sensitivity and grace, An Na weaves an intriguing story
of a young woman caught in the threads of secrets and lies, struggling for love
and finding a voice of her own.
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