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“Frazier masterfully limns Juana’s waning hope as she comes to terms with the fact the government that’s locked her away will likely kick her out of the country after she’s released…a persistently tense story… both narratively and emotionally satisfying.” 

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Release Date: June 6, 2023

Enter the world of Juana Ivanov, a young Mexican immigrant, whose life takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself trapped in a California prison in 2003. Juana’s biggest fear is her daughter’s safety, who is far away in Mexico and under the care of her sister, who is desperate to immigrate to the US.

Struggling to adapt to the harsh realities of prison life, Juana discovers a glimmer of hope amidst the bleakness as she tends to a garden she created. It is here that she unearths the inner strength and determination that she inherited from her late mother.

With her daughter’s safety always on her mind, Juana sets out on a journey to clear her name and reunite with her little girl. But the road ahead is fraught with danger and obstacles. Juana must navigate the complexities of the legal system, confront her past, and find allies in unexpected places to help her achieve her goal.

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