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America's Dream: Novel, A

Authors: Santiago, Esmeralda
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
BISAC/Subject: FIC044000, FIC051000, FIC056000
ISBN: 9780061846946, Related ISBNs: 0061846945, 9780060928261, 9780061846946, 9780063074132
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 368,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis:

"Lyrical [and] haunting, América’s liberating epiphany will have readers . . . on their feet and cheering." — Washington Post

Deftly written and fiercely resilient, América’s Dream explores the ever-shifting definition of what it means to be American and exemplifies the spirit of every immigrant who has dared to realize the American dream.

América Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on Vieques, an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don’t look her in the eye. Her alcoholic mother resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks life would be better anywhere but with América. So when América is offered the chance to work as a live-in housekeeper and nanny for a family in Westchester, New York, she takes it as a sign to finally make the escape she's been longing for. 

Yet, even as América revels in the comparative luxury of her new life—daring to care about a man other than Correa—she is faced with the disquieting realization that no matter what she does, she can never really escape her past.

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