A mother and daughter, Serbian refugees, struggle to navigate the many obstacles facing newcomers to Canada.
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Sy “the photo guy” Parrish has lovingly developed photos for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins’ lives become fuller, Sy’s only seems lonelier, until he eventually believes he’s part of their family. When “Uncle” Sy’s picture-perfect fantasy collides with an ugly dose of reality, what happens next “has the spine-tingling elements of the best psychological thrillers!”
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