"Your grandpa is a felon," Aunt Sweet said. "A felon and a Christian. He says he's a felon because he's a Christian. Now, what kind of baloney is that?" She jerked the bib strings tight around Mr. Bledsoe's neck. The old man coughed. "Sorry..."That beginning is different. Yes, I wonder what's going on, and this summary of the story gives me a clue or two:
With the passsing of a new state law, it becomes a felony to harbor an undocumented immigrant in Oklahoma. So when Robert John Brown, a churchgoing family man and respected community member, is caught hiding a barnful of migrant workers with no papers, he is arrested and sent to prison. Meanwhile, his ten-year-old grandson Dustin tried to help the sole escapee of the raid reunite with his family, and his granddaughter, Misty, is struggling to raise her daughter alone after her husband, an illegal immigrant himself, has been deported. Then there's Brown's daughter Sweet, who finds her life unraveling: her father is refusing to speak in court to defend himself, her nephew is missing, her niece is in need of shelter, and the stress of it all is destroying her marriage.
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