In this first novel, author Angie Kim takes a could-be-tired genre - the courtroom drama - and adds layers and goes in unexpected directions. There is a fire at an alternative healthcare facility catering to disabled children and a mother and a child are killed. Kim tells her story through alternating viewpoints and her ability to create and manage her large cast of characters is extraordinary. Her themes of family, immigration, disability/caregiving are seamlessly woven into an engrossing narrative. By the end, I was bruised by this heart-wrenching book.