After an arduous voyage from Napoli in the summer of 1914, eighteen-year-old Joan Passerini arrives in New York City with her mother and brother in hopes of building a better life. Finding neither the milk or honey America had promised, Joan is quickly disenchanted with the city; the heat and ise and poverty are oppressive, and her father, who journeyed ahead to find work and accommodations, is where to be found. Tucked into a disorganized laundry, Joan meets an unlikely companion named Paloma Morello, who is as secretive as she is beautiful. As Joan develops an intense attraction to her, she discovers that though things aren't always as they seem, all love is sanctuary.
Lily R. Mason is a writer and caregiver from California. She holds a B.A. in psychology and a Master's in Counseling. She has written novels about queer women in many genres: coming of age, domestic drama, and multiple realities. In 2015 she plans to publish two additional novels: a feminist and multicultural retelling of classic children's stories, and a work of historical fiction about queer women in WWI New York. Her goal as a writer is to inspire hope and kindness in readers around the world, and to give voice to the women who are often written out of other stories.