Lola is twenty-one, and her life in Senegal couldn't be better. An aspiring writer and university graduate, she has a great job, a vibrant social life, and a future filled with possibility. But fate disrupts her world when she falls for Armand, an American Marine stationed at the U.S. Embassy. Her mother, a high court judge in Ghana, disapproves of her choice, but nothing will stop Lola from boarding a plane for Armand and America.
That fateful flight is only the beginning of an extraordinary journey, for she has traded her carefree life for the perilous existence of an undocumented immigrant. Lola encounters adversity that would crush a less determined woman. Her fate hangs on whether she'll grow in courage to forge a life different from the one she'd imagined, whether she'll succeed in putting herself and her family together again. Daughter in Exile is a hope-filled story about mother love and what defines us all.