Americans, being justly proud of their country, tend to think of immigrants and refugees as people who come to America for a better life. It’s supposed to be a permanent situation, too; why would anyone return to their former home country once they’ve experienced the possibilities of America? And yet Faris, a soon-to-be-college graduate who has lived in St. Louis since the age of five, is heading back to Bosnia on family business. The clan’s old apartment has been taken over by a Croatian, and he must reclaim it. America is his future and Bosnia is his past — and yet this is not the Bosnia of his memory. Or maybe it is, and the difficulty is that he’s not the same Faris that left it. The difficulties of negotiating personal identity are the subject matter at the heart of Christina... More >>>