The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick 2005 (316 pgs)
Excellent tale of the refugee experience, chronicling the toll that adaptation takes and the hidden cost of secrets. When one of their number is exiled for murder, an extended family steps through the doorway to an unknown alternate dimension- ours. Together, they must learn to adapt to this new world, first in a refugee camp and then in the larger world. The acculturation process is not an easy one for everything here is truly alien to them. The family strives to fit in without loosing their own identities. The journey is an enjoyable one, spiced with foreign flair, strong voices, and a dash of magic.