By Melanie Steele

The robust tale of 1 woman’s look for happiness and success in modern day the US. After relocating to the USA from Canada, a free-spirited younger girl rejects the established order and embarks on a trip to find what it ability to be really 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 success opposed to ever-decreasing odds. thirteen Years in the USA is a relocating own trip and a pointy, tough examine the yank Dream.

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Scott finishes school, we give our notice, and I pick up as many shifts as I can to save up money. We both call our parents. “Scott decided not to take the Customs job,” I tell my dad. ” “Because it didn’t feel right,” I say. ” All I know is that the wait is over. The days are turning warmer and the snow is starting to recede. Patches of grass emerge from under the whiteness. We spend our free time packing our things and sorting out what we’ll bring and what we’ll leave behind. There’s no room in the Grand Am for our dresser, of course, or our bed, or a bunch of boxes.

He walks away and I step into the woman’s apartment. The place is dark and dank, and all the furnishings are seventies. 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.

My appointment’s at eight o’clock, so we need to be close. Actually, it’s not really an appointment. More like I have to sign in and spend the next six hours waiting to have my picture taken and my papers stamped. We sit on cold plastic seats, surrounded by other people waiting for the same thing. 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.

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