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By Melanie Steele

An inspiring memoir approximately one woman's look for happiness and success in modern day the USA. After relocating to the us from Canada in 1998, a free-spirited younger lady rejects the established order and embarks on a trip to find what it ability to be really chuffed and fulfilled within the Land of chance. Her 13-year seek spans part a dozen states, a host 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 success opposed to ever-decreasing odds.Bold and encouraging, thirteen Years in the USA is a relocating own trip and a pointy, challenging examine the yank Dream. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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I rest my head on Scott’s shoulder and tolerate the armrest digging into my side as I lean into him. I hold the number in my hand: eighty-six. The counter says number fifty-four is being served. The room is packed, filled with people waiting, hoping, dreaming of the opportunity to call the United States home. Men, women and children of all ages shift in their chairs, clutching papers, watching, waiting. Today we will each have a turn to rise from our chairs and walk up to the window. I let my eyes close and listen to the hum of chatter, many languages mixing together.

I have it rolled up with a ribbon tied around it. He unrolls it now and reads it carefully. “Thank you,” he says. ” We sit down at the small scratched wooden table and share the Christmas meal. Scott carves the chicken and pours us each a glass of white zinfandel wine, and we toast to our first Christmas together. In the New Year, Scott starts making calls, and he manages to get a hold of his old supervisor to find out where he’ll be placed and when he’ll find out. “Soon,” he tells me when he hangs up.

I get ready for my last waitressing shift and wait outside for Joyce to pick me up. That night, Scott has a bottle of champagne waiting for me when I get home. We sit cross-legged on a blanket spread over the brown carpet, and we toast to this year finally being over. ” I tell him. ” “Yes. It was. You owe me. ” I can feel myself grinning as I tell him this. I can’t seem to stop smiling. The wait is over. In the morning, we load the last things into our Grand Am and head west. ON THE ROAD All these roads are new to me.

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