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Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

Fifteen-year-old Talia has a problem. She’s stuck in a correctional facility for adolescent girls when she should be in Bogota with her father, readying for a flight that will reunite her with her mother and siblings in the U.S. Before she is born, Talia’s parents, Elena and Mauro, leave violence-shattered Columbia for America, overstay their tourist visas, and begin a family. Then Mauro is deported, and Elena must hold together her family alone. Steeped in Andean myth and tense with the daily reality of the undocumented in America, this novel by Patricia Engle is the story of two countries and one mixed-status family — for whom every triumph is stitched with regret, and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred.