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Made in the U.S.A.
A Novel

by Billie Letts
Read by Cassandra Morris

      Made in the U.S.A. is the story of two children, Luttie and Fate McFee. As the story opens Fate and Luttie are at Wal-Mart in Spearfish, South Dakota. They are with their father's girlfriend, Floy Satterfield. Jim McFee had gone to Las Vegas to seek his fortune. No one has heard form him recently and he's been gone a year. Suddenly, while Fate and Luttie are shoplifting, someone calls out a code blue at register three. Curious, Luttie goes toward the register in question.

At first, Luttie can't get past the crowd to see what’s happened. When a policeman arrives, he tells the people to stand back. As he shoulders his way past the people, Luttie follows behind him. When she sees what has created the excitement, she wishes she hadn't seen it. On the floor lay the obese Florence "Floy" Satterfield and she was very dead.

Knowing they would end up in foster homes, and possibly separated, Luttie grabs Fate and heads for home in Floy's old Pontiac. At Floy's house they grab clothes, personal items and all the money they can find and head for Las Vegas in hopes of finding their father.

Though he is only eleven, Fate is smarter, more practical and more mature than fifteen year old Luttie. This adventure in Las Vegas is typical of what happens to kids on their own - they get into more trouble than they can handle.

This story got my attention from the first words and kept it throughout the book. Read by Cassandra Morris, this story is very will written. The characters are alive; the plot is all too believable. Kids need to know what happens to them when they run away.

The only drawback to this story is the language, the filth that the kids spout is appalling.  That said I feel that this book needs to be read by everyone.

The Book

Hachette Audio
June 19, 2008
Unabridged Audio book / 7 CDs / 9 Hrs
1600242073 / 978-1600242076
General Fiction
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NOTE: Contains sex, violence, profanity
Excerpt link is to book version, with a podcast and written excerpt. No audio sample currently available

The Reviewer

Jo Rogers
Reviewed 2008
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