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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,379 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Billie Letts Narrator: Cassandra Morris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Luttie McFee’s 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A moving coming-of-age tale.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cassandra Morris is amazingly strong in her delivery, giving a tremendous performance in which her fresh voice is perfectly suited for 15-year old Lutie.” 

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “An uplifting tearjerker.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nikki Tobias | 2/20/2014

    " Some parts of this book very very emotional and hard to get through, but overall it's a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vicky | 2/12/2014

    " This was hard to read. There is some drug life stuff that is hard to cope with, and it seems like it's kind of unrealistic for two children to live like this. It was written well, and it ended well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sheena | 2/11/2014

    " I liked this book more than any of her others. Of course there are the requisite Walmart scenes showing up on the first pages but well, this the US and that store is a huge presence in many peoples's lives. I just had to keep reading to see how things turned out for these two kids with no safety net so I read it in a 24 hour period. I loved all the circus scenes and portrayal of the circus family as caring for their animals. A great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dayna | 2/9/2014

    " Billie Letts is one of those Authors I keep going back to. I love her characters. This one is good not great. "

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About the Author
Author Billie Letts

Billie Letts is the author of numerous highly acclaimed short stories and screenplays, as well as several beloved novels. A former university professor, she lives in Oklahoma.