This novel interested me because of the title. As you read more pages, it dawned on me that it was a novel about a family who was living with illegal status from Bangladesh. The family had lived in New York City with expired visas. The Dad Abba was a hard worker, and had many jobs. After 9/11 in New York Muslims were suspects for terroist. The daughter Alisha, and Nadira thought up the idea of driving, and crossing the border into Canada, and claiming refugee status. The daughters, the Mother, and the Dad were turned down. In fact, the Dad was detained in jail for being illegal, and having expired visas. The Dad had to wait in jail for his court hearing. The daughters didnot have enough funds to pay the fine.
Next we find, that the girl's Uncle is apprehended for his expired Visa. Uncle is detained in the Manhattan jail.
Alisha and Nadira live a life of fear daily. The girls are bright in High School, and one daughter will be Valvictorian at her graduation ceremony.
I do not want to tell many details because it will give away the events, and life of the family.
Towards the end of the noovel the family's wish comes true. Read this novel, and you will find out what happens.