"Nadia and Aliya are Muslim American women who cover themselves in adherence to their faith’s promotion of modesty. Nadia chooses to cover her face with the niqab while Aliya chooses to wear the hijab."
"Because everyone had a deaf family member, everyone in the community knew sign language. Deaf people were farmers, store clerks, anything they wanted to be. Hearing people would sign to each other over the large expanses the island farms created, a deaf person could walk into a store and the clerk would always know sign."