"BRUISED BEHIND THE MASK” by Daryna Barykina - Both Laila and Mariam were being abused by Rasheed, however they could not complain about it to anyone or they would be punished. They had to put on a face and pretend everything was okay.
A motif in the novel is falling. The people fear falling and some actually do. They fear failure and injuries. Both Angle and Meme fall from tremendous heights. Esperanza fears falling and plans to float away as she is a red balloon.