Release Date: August 21, 2018
Jessica Donnelly has been a stay at home mom and is now craving more purpose in her life since her children have reached their teens. She puts her legal background to use as a volunteer at the International Asylum Project. She is quickly assigned to Amina Hamid, a Syrian refugee trying to get her green card. Their first meeting is unsuccessful with Amina unwilling to trust her and Jessica feeling out of practice.
Amina’s reluctance is due to her previous experience with a lawyer who mishandled her application. However, after a few more meetings, Amina agrees to let Jessica work on her case. Jessica eventually learns about Amina’s life and how she ended up in Baltimore. As she becomes more engaged in Amina’s case she is forced to confront the prejudices and divergent opinions surrounding immigration.
This debut novel by Jennifer Klepper will leave you thinking for days after you read it. Unbroken Threads is a timely novel that uses different characters to illustrate opposing positions on a tough social issue. I will be interested to see what she has in store for her next novel.