Taylor and Turtle travel to Tucson, Arizona. Because of additional car problems, they end up at a business named Jesus Is Lord Used Tires. The owner of the business, Mattie, a courageous and kind person, eventually hires Taylor. Taylor soon discovers that Mattie's shop is also a shelter for political refugees from Guatemala. After she befriends refugees Estevan and Esperanza, Taylor becomes more aware of discrimination and social injustice. Looking for a place to live, taylor responds to an ad in a newspaper and rents a room from Lou Ann Ruiz. an immediate bond forms between Taylor and Lou Ann when they realize that they both are from Kentucky. Lou Ann, whose husband just left her, and her young son, Dwayne Ray, and Taylor and Turtle provide a sense of family for each other. The women's friendship, the relationships that
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