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America's Dream, Santiago, Esmeralda

Author Name    Santiago, Esmeralda

Title   America's Dream

Book Condition   Good.

ISBN Number    0060172797 / 9780060172794

Seller ID   1110H086940

Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1996 Harpercollins. Library sale inkstamps on 1st and last blank pages. Otherwise very clean; pages bright; binding tight; jacket crisp; only light wear. 325 pages. Language: English. 'Santiago, author of the memoir When I Was Puerto Rican, establishes herself as a strong and irresistible new voice in fiction with this story of a Puerto Rican woman who comes to America and discovers herself. America Gonzales, 30, cleans hotel rooms on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. Her 14-year-old daughter, Rosalinda, has run away with a boyfriend, and America grieves that her daughter has not learned from her mistakes. America is, and has always been, Correa's woman, even though Correa has a wife and family a ferry ride away. Correa, the walking embodiment of blind, brutish machismo, comes to see America whenever he likes, sleeps in her bed and-as often as not-beats her. But an escape presents itself when the Leveretts, a young American couple whose kids America babysat when they stayed at the hotel, call from their Westchester home and ask her to be a nanny to their two young children. Her new life in suburbia and a tentative new love are overshadowed by the growing terror and certainty of a final reckoning with Correa. Lush descriptions of the sights, smells and sounds of the island pervade the early chapters; later, America's take on Westchester and her cousins in the Bronx is full of deliciously keen observations. As she charts America's emerging sense of self, Santiago shows us America's--and America's--life with wry insight. With its seamless construction, saucy dialect and clear prose, this novel is involving and immediate, truthful and tender.'--Publishers Weekly, 1996.

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