13 Years in America by Melanie Steele

By Melanie Steele

An inspiring memoir approximately one woman's look for happiness and success in modern day the United States. 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 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 achievement opposed to ever-decreasing odds.Bold and encouraging, thirteen Years in the United States is a relocating own trip and a pointy, challenging examine the yankee Dream. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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We take the highway over the bridge and down the four-lane road, matching the speed of the cars around us. Our exit brings us through neighborhoods and business districts, past strip malls with realtors, insurance agents, and property management companies. The street numbers get closer and closer to what we have scrawled on a piece of paper. “There it is,” I point to a glass door with the company’s name written in black letters. We enter into a small reception area with two gray chairs, a coffee table with People magazines on it, and a large reception desk.

I can walk as long and far as I want. I zip up my jacket, pull my floppy hat down to cover my ears, and head to the right. Beside our building is another one just like it. In the next block there are two more, darker brown, and then two beige ones, like ours. In the fourth block the street narrows and some houses are intermingled with apartment buildings. Chain-link fenced yards hold barking dogs, and flags dangle from porches and mailboxes. Block after block of this, and still no sidewalk, I turn around and retrace my steps.

We’ve spent all our money. ” I have my thousand dollar bond that I could cash in, but that wouldn’t even get us into an apartment because they all require first and last month’s rent. And so we decide, out of necessity, to stick it out until we get our first paycheck and then find another (cockroach-free) place to live. In the meantime, though, we’re going to see if the property managers can do anything. Scott calls Daphne about the situation. ” Silence as he listens. His eyebrows raise. “You knew about them?

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