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Xhenet Aliu

Elise drops out of school, takes a job at a diner, and starts having an affair with a volatile cook there who's wife is still back in their home country, Albania. The affair leads to pregnancy and Luljeta is born. 17 years later, Luljeta is reeling from being rejected by NYU, at the discovery that her father is not dead (as her mother had told her,) and his Albanian family is actually nearby. Meeting this family connects Luljeta with teenage Ahmet, who sets off with her to find her father.