history has taught her to avoid attachments to people, places, and almost
everything. With her mother long dead and her father long gone to find his
fortune in Las Vegas, fifteen year old Luttie lives in the god-forsaken town of
Yankton, South Dakota, with her nine-year-old brother, Fate, and Floy
Satterfield, the three-hundred-pound ex-girlfriend of her father. While Luttie
shoplifts for kicks, Fate spends most of his time reading, watching weird
television shows, and worrying about global warming and the endangerment of
pandas. As if their life is not dismal enough, one day, while shopping in their
local Walmart, Floy keels over and the two motherless kids are suddenly faced
with the choice of becoming wards of the state or hightailing it out of town in
Floy’s old Pontiac. Choosing the latter, they head to Las Vegas in search of a
father who has no known address, no phone number, and, clearly, no interest in
the kids he left behind.
Made in the U.S.A. is the alternately heartbreaking and life-affirming story of two gutsy
children who must discover how cruel, unfair, and frightening the world is
before they come to a place they can finally call home.
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