Bicultural experience is a dispassionate term for life lived across borders, identities, and even family trees. As Anika Fajardo makes clear, there is nothing dispassionate about flying back to one’s birthland, walking its soil again, or breaking bread with family who have become as good as strangers.

ANIKA FAJARDO was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She is the author of Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family. Her middle-grade novel, What If a Fish, will be published in 2020 by Simon & Schuster. A writer, editor, and teacher, she lives in the very literary city of Minneapolis.