Her name is Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome.
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.
America has lost its way. The strongest of people can be found in the unlikeliest of places. The future of the entire country will depend on them.
All across the United States, people scramble to survive new, draconian policies that mark and track immigrants and their children (citizens or not) as their freedoms rapidly erode around them.
For the “inked” — those whose immigration status has been permanently tattooed on their wrists — those famous words on the Statue of Liberty are starting to ring hollow. The tattoos have marked them for horrors they could not have imagined within US borders.
As the nightmare unfolds before them, unforeseen alliances between the inked—like Mari, Meche, and Toño—and non-immigrants—Finn, Del, and Abbie—are formed, all in the desperate hope to confront it.
Ink is the story of their ingenuity. Of their resilience. Of their magic. A story of how the power of love and community out-survives even the grimmest times.
“Tight-paced and surreal, Ink paints a dystopian vision in which the American dream morphs into an immigration nightmare. Weaving the fantastical with the everyday, Vourvoulias tells a story as unsettling as it is timely. A resonant, indelible novel.”
—Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland
“With mythic insight and journalistic integrity, Ink shows us the future that we must prevent.”
—Will Alexander, National Book Award-winning author of Goblin Secrets, Ambassador, and A Properly Unhaunted Place
“A clear-eyed, prescient depiction of a possible future that seems all too real today. Vourvoulias writes with complexity and compassion as her characters struggle with injustice, and as they carve out small triumphs amid tragedy and pain. A deeply grounded sense of magic permeates this story, as well as the gift and burden of memory for what has been left behind and might still be rescued or acknowledged.”
—Kate Elliott, World Fantasy Award and Nebula finalist, author of multiple fantasy series including Crown of Stars and Court of Fives
“We’ve never needed Sabrina Vourvoulias more than we do right now. With Ink her journalist instincts and storytelling chops bring to life a terrifying tale of a dystopia that just happens to be our reality. If we’re going to survive this present political moment, we need books like this, to show us how we are awful - and remind us how we are strong.”
— Sam J. Miller, Shirley Jackson Award winner and Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist, author of The Art of Starving and Blackfish City
“A page-turner in the best sense, this is a heart-thumping, unflinching look at lives, loves and escapades in an America where fear of the Other has blown away any pretense of democratic ideals. But where there’s terror and betrayal, there is also love, and courage, and humor. This is a book for our times.”
—Vandana Singh, physicist and author of Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories
“Like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, to which this novel has been compared, Vourvoulias’s text makes chillingly clear how close beneath the surface of a liberal civil order lies a more oppressive regime ... yet it also gives us reasons for hope that people might rise above their defensive reaction to difference, refuse such separations, and seek common human community.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books