By Melanie Steele

ISBN-10: 1475215665

ISBN-13: 9781475215663

An inspiring memoir approximately one woman's look for happiness and success in modern day the USA. After relocating to the USA from Canada in 1998, a free-spirited younger girl rejects the established order and embarks on a trip to find what it capacity to be actually satisfied and fulfilled within the Land of chance. Her 13-year seek spans part a dozen states, a number of fearless adventures, and ever-increasing crises, divisions, turmoil, and discontent. via all of it, she holds directly to her fearless pursuit of happiness and achievement opposed to ever-decreasing odds.Bold and encouraging, thirteen Years in the United States is a relocating own trip and a pointy, difficult examine the yank Dream. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Scott and I have to juggle one car, but I can usually catch a ride home with Joyce, another server who lives a few blocks from us, so Scott just needs to drive me to work between his classes. Every night, I ask Scott if he’s heard anything. ” Then, one day in late March, he’s waiting for me when I get home. ” “The southern border,” he says. ” 38 | M e l a n i e S t e e l e “I heard from Customs. Apparently all new hires have to start on the southern border now. ” “Because no one wants to work down there, that’s why.

At some point while I’m sleeping we pass into Idaho and then into Washington. Some time before dawn, Scott pulls into a Perkins, with its gigantic American flag flying next to the freeway. “We’re just a few hours away,” Scott says. ” The lobby is bright, a stark contrast to the dark road. Seattle and Portland newspapers are for sale in boxes next to the counter. I run back out to the car to get some quarters and plug in enough to get a Seattle Times and an Oregonian. With the newspapers underarm, I join Scott at our table, where he’s already ordered me a coffee.

Not cool and trendy seventies, but worn and tacky seventies. I sit on her plastic-covered couch, and she tells me about her son, the doctor, who comes to see her every week and who’s going to move in with her soon. He’s a surgeon, and he’s very busy. He’s also very popular, and very well-respected. She tells me about the amazing operations he’s performed. I listen, and for a while I forget about the cockroaches in my place. But I remember soon enough when one crawls across the wall in front of us.

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