Set predominantly in Maine, New England, Yalini sets the scene for her family story. Both the narrative and Yalini's life ebb and flow through timelines and events – from a Sri Lankan past to an American present. A bright and well educated girl, Yalini seems at odds with herself and feels keenly the conflict of her dual culture. Is she a Tamil or a US citizen? She loves elements of both. A deeply poignant and utterly believable read.