Lina’s strict Iraqi mother, who is horrified at her rebelliousness and sends her back to Iraq for a summer and then again for a year. She worked at the Iraqi embassy and then a thrift store to help support the family in the first years after they move to the United States. She dies suddenly just after Lina returns from her second trip to Iraq, just as the family is starting to get along for the first time.
Maisa Character Timeline in How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?
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...different groups by the time she gets to high school. But her fashion choices frustrate Maisa, who accuses her of “turning into a black person!” Lina starts smoking and wearing makeup—but... (full context)