Opening line of Carla's chapter: My mother left when I was five years old.This novel alternates between the viewpoints of Carla in Honduras and Alice in Texas, so I have shared the first sentence in each person's story.
Opening line of Alice's chapter: Jake and I weren't sure what to do about the party.
Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach. Carla is a strong-willed young girl who's had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla's grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands — and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, risking great peril for the chance at a better life.
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