By Melanie Steele
An inspiring memoir approximately one woman's look for happiness and success in modern day the US. After relocating to the U.S. from Canada in 1998, a free-spirited younger lady rejects the established order and embarks on a trip to find what it capability to be really satisfied and fulfilled within the Land of chance. Her 13-year seek spans part a dozen states, a number of fearless adventures, and ever-increasing crises, divisions, turmoil, and discontent. via all of it, she holds directly to her fearless pursuit of happiness and achievement opposed to ever-decreasing odds.Bold and encouraging, thirteen Years in the US is a relocating own trip and a pointy, difficult examine the yank Dream. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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There’s several border crossings in Washington State. That’s my first choice, after Victoria. My next choice is Maine. Vermont would be cool, too. Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan might be alright. ” I ask in early December. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever. ” So I wait some more. Outside the wind blows snow against the building, and our windows ice up until we can’t see outside. But I can still hear the cars passing by, the wind 34 | M e l a n i e S t e e l e howling, and the train blowing its horn in the middle of the night.
Scott unlocks the door and steps aside, letting me go first. The carpet is old, matted chocolate-brown, and the walls are faded off-white. “I wish the place was a little nicer,” he says. ” I’ve seen better, but I’ve also seen worse. It’s only temporary, anyway. We’ll only be here for nine months. That night, I lie in bed and listen to the sounds of the place. The floor squeaks above us, the pipes tap in the wall by our heads when the neighbours flush their toilets, and cars drive by every few seconds on the street outside our bedroom window.
Tall grass and small, rolling hills spread out on either side. Little roads branch off and seem to lead to nowhere. I pull off on to one of them. Scott looks up from the map. ” I answer him by pulling over and turning off the car. Outside, everything is still. The daylight is nearly gone, but enough remains for me to make my way down a little bank to a dried up river bed. There’s a smooth, level spot that would be perfect for our sleeping bags. I smile. ” He looks around. ” “Says who? Nobody’s around!
13 Years in America by Melanie Steele