The bestselling author of WHERE THE HEART IS returns with a heartrending tale of two children in search of a place to call home.
Lutie McFee's history has taught her to avoid attachments...to people, to places, and to almost everything. With her mother long dead and her father long gone to find his fortune in
Vegas, 15-year-old Lutie lives in the god-forsaken town of Spearfish, with her twelve-year-old brother, Fate, and
Floy Satterfield, the 300-pound ex-girlfriend of her father. While Lutie
shoplifts for kicks, Fate spends most of his time reading, watching weird TV
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 Wal-Mart,
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 South
Dakota . Choosing the
latter, they head off to Pontiac
in search of a father who has no known address, no phone number and, clearly,
no interest in the kids he left behind. Las Vegas
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.
3 Stars (R for descriptions of violence, rape and making of porn)