America's Dream

Paperback | April 25, 1997

byEsmeralda Santiago

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América Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don't look her In the eye. Her alcoholic mother resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks life would be better anywhere but with América. So when América is offered the chance to work as alive-in housekeeper and nanny for a family in Westchester County, New York, she takes it as a sign that a door to escape has been opened. Yet even as América revels in the comparative luxury of her new life, daring to care about a man other than Correa, she is faced with dramatic proof that no matter what she does, she can't get away from her past.

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America Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don't look her in the eye. "America's Dream" is a lyrical first novel of her emancipation from abusive relationships and her journey of self-discovery to America. "I wish I could write like Esmeralda Santiago! . ....

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América Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don't look her In the eye. Her alcoholic mother resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks life would be better anywhere but with América. So when América is...

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Amirica Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don't look her in the eye. Her alcoholic mother resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks life would be better anywhere but with Amirica. So when Amirica is...

América Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don't look her In the eye. Her alcoholic mother resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks life would be better anywhere but with América. So when América is...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.94 × 5.69 × 0.84 inPublished:April 25, 1997Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060928263

ISBN - 13:9780060928261

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America Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don't look her in the eye. "America's Dream" is a lyrical first novel of her emancipation from abusive relationships and her journey of self-discovery to America. "I wish I could write like Esmeralda Santiago! . . . Read this book: be inspired".--Terry McMillan

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"Santiago has with this novel firmly established herself as one of the most powerful new voices in American fiction." (Boston Globe)