In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola's strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family's journey from war-torn Sudan to South Portland, Maine. Here she navigates the strange world of America, a world that puts her into sharp conflict with her traditional mother, who, like Viola, is struggling to braid together the strands of a displaced life. This haunting novel is not only a riveting story of survival, but the universal tale of a young immigrant's struggle to build a life on the cusp of two cultures. Paperback. 221 pgs.