Undocumented Lovers in America
One thing united us, one thing no one else could understand—our lack of legal status in the United States.
Why ring the damn bell if the food isn’t ready yet?
Born in the republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Krystal A. Sital is the author of SECRETS WE KEPT: Three Women of Trinidad. A PEN award finalist and Hertog Fellow, her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times—Well, Salon, Today’s Parent, LitHub, The Margins, The Caribbean Writer, and elsewhere. A mother to three tiny geniuses, she practices magic with them and her partner in the suburbs of New Jersey. Visit her at https://www.krystalsital.com/
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