By Melanie Steele
An inspiring memoir approximately one woman's look for happiness and achievement in modern day the US. After relocating to the U.S. from Canada in 1998, a free-spirited younger lady rejects the established order and embarks on a trip to find what it capability to be really chuffed 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 success opposed to ever-decreasing odds.Bold and encouraging, thirteen Years in the US is a relocating own trip and a pointy, tough examine the yankee Dream. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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At least we have crackers to go with the cheese. The stars appear, one by one, surrounding the threequarter moon with flickering light. It’s like we’re in a planetarium, the gigantic sky surrounding us. ” I say, as we sit together, my Mexican blanket over our shoulders and our arms around each other’s waists as we watch for falling stars. ” We fall asleep in our tent, small and alone under the sky, with the wide, empty land stretched out around us. In the morning, I shake Scott awake. The temperature dropped overnight, and I’m shivering in my sleeping bag.
Fact is, I don’t have anything to do. I won’t be able to enroll in classes, get a job, or even get a driver’s license until the immigration paperwork goes through, which will be months. Until then, 32 | M e l a n i e S t e e l e I’m just waiting. Watching Scott do his thing, waiting for us to start doing our thing. Thoughts of Salt Spring flash through my mind. Friends gathered around the fire pit in Sophie’s back yard. Sitting on the ledge, watching the ferry roll past. Selling bracelets in the park.
Now that we have a plan, there’s no more messing around. Scott takes advantage of the speed limit sign, “Reasonable and prudent,” by kicking it down to seventy and flying down the interstate. The landscape is a lot less interesting now that we’re just trying to get through it, with fields and hills and forests rushing past. We stop only for gas, grabbing snacks to tide us over. We’re going to drive through the night. 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.
13 Years in America by Melanie Steele