Made in the U.S. A. by Billie Letts,
Billie Letts writes gritty realistic, but somehow she manages to insert a bit of humor into her stories, This one is no exception.
It is the story of two orphaned children (15 and 11) trying to survey on the streets of Las Vegas. Their Mother died several years earlier, and their alcoholic father left them with one of his ex-girlfriends, a 300 pound woman who died of a heart attack in a checkout lane at the local Wal-Mart.
A lot of what happens to them in Las Vegas is disturbing and heartbreaking. There are parts that are very hard to hear or read, but it is also somehow, affirming and uplifting.
I listened to it while driving back and forth to work and there were many times I didn’t want to get out of the car because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The characters are real and dimensional.
There were a few parts that made me smile, some that made me cry, and I want to find out what happens to these people after the story ends.
I give it 4 stars