At nineteen, Aya is a promising Black college student from Brooklyn who is struggling through a difficult relationship with her emotionally distant mother, Miriam. One winter night, Aya is shot by a white police officer in a case of mistaken identity. Keeping vigil by her daughter's hospital bed, Miriam remembers her own youth: her battle for independence from her parents, her affair with Aya's father, and the challenges of raising her daughter. But as Miriam confronts her past -- her losses and regrets -- she begins to heal and discovers a tentative hopefulness.
"This story will haunt you long after you've finished reading." - Lifetime Magazine; "Wonderful...Daughter will move and transform you." - Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krick? Krack! "Searing, passionate and intense." - Library Journal"