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Made in the U.S.A.
     

Made in the U.S.A.

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by Billie Letts, Cassandra Morris (Read by)
 

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Luttie McFee's history has taught her to avoid attachments...to people, to places, and to almost everything. With her mother long dead and her father long gone to find his fortune in Las Vegas, 15-year-old Luttie lives in the god-forsaken town of Yankton, South Dakota with her nine-year-old brother, Fate, and Floy Satterfield, the 300-pound ex-girlfriend of her father

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Made in the U.S.A. 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading 'Made in the USA' and put it on the same pedestal as 'Where the Heart Is.' I have always found her books interesting and on a level that most people can relate to and enjoy. All of Ms. Letts' books have been very enjoyable! I've lived in Oklahoma all my life but have never been to Hugo however, it is now on my list of places to go--especially to the cemetery!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Spearfish, South Dakota, with their mother long dead, the McFee siblings teenage Lutie and preadolescent Fate live with three hundred plus pounds Floy Satterfield their runaway father¿s former girlfriend. However, their lives take a spin when their guardian drops dead at the local megastore. Lutie, who enjoys shoplifting for fun ever since she was booted from the high school gymnastics team due to unfair influences, persuades her eleven year old brother to give up the TV shows and global warming because they have two choices: flee in Floy¿s ancient car or allow the state to place them. They decide to find their wastrel dad whose last known address is Las Vegas with no further specificity except some dive hotel. --- In Las Vegas, they begin to learn nasty truths re their father and prison, and where he might be which if true will prove he is beyond their reach. Fifteen year old Lutie obtains fake working papers and dead-end jobs so she and her brother have food and shelter of sorts. However, increasingly their choices seem to be foster care or the street sharks including avaricious child molesters, rapists, drug addicts and other abusers. However, former aerialist Juan Vargas ¿adopts¿ the pair as his redemption and takes them to his family in Oklahoma where they run the Vargas Brothers Circus. Juan carries guilt, but his grandma has love for all three seemingly losers that might help each find sanctuary if they reach out to her and one another. --- Although at times diving too deep into soap opera territory, MADE IN THE U.S.A. is an interesting character driven contemporary tale that argues it takes a village to raise children. Readers will feel for the McFee sibs, who are neglected while their guardian lived and after she dies make questionable decisions more out of fear. What happens to them especially Lutie in Vegas shows the real sinful underbelly of the city. Although Oklahoma turns out to perfect to be realistic, fans will soar with Lutie, play trivia with Fate and hope Juan forgives himself as they with grandma try to become a family. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a reader. I have about a dozen half read books at home. Got this one for a road trip and could not put it down. hate to admit I related to the story a little bit. The author describes the characters so well I felt like I knew them. I wanted to live with the circus family. But I have no intentions of visiting Vegas. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning, I could not put this book down. I love her style and her characters come alive for me. Highly recommended! I hope she is in the process of writing another one.
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ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
Made in the U.S.A. is not an easy book to read. Lutie and Fate are a brother and sister to whom life has not been kind. Despite Lutie's best efforts to keep herself and her little brother safe, things keep going wrong. Las Vegas is definitely no place for kids! The tension builds as Lutie keeps making the wrong decisions. Those she thinks are friends may not be. But she and Fate are homeless and she will do almost anything to survive. The story is written well, though rather dark. Where the kids end up is almost too fantastical for a believable ending. Still, Letts did show Lutie struggling to deal with the things she was forced to do. It stayed a few degrees away from a fairy tale ending which kept the book more believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining
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I enjoy Billie Letts and her characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huuuge fan of Billie Letts. I've read all of her books and loved them all, but this one ties with Where the Heart Is as my favorite. It was darker and grittier than her other books but was so heartwarming and beautiful at the same time. Would highly recommend this book. I never wanted it to end and I know the characters will stick with me for a long time to come.
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krazyangel More than 1 year ago
Just finish this book. It was better than I thought it was going to be. Going to go see what I can read next.
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Jennifer Beene More than 1 year ago
It was kind of slow at first, but picked up. Overall I enjoyed it. It was a good short read.
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