~Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts~
Lutie McFee and her brother Fate are left in the care of the father’s girlfriend. One day she drops dead, and Lutie, rather than face foster care, decides to hit the road in search of her father, nevermind that she is only fifteen and Fate is twelve.
I first read Billie Letts years ago when Where The Heart Is was first out. I have never forgotten it. .
Made In America is different, but it certainly didn’t disappoint. I was amazed at how well she could elicit a connection and sympathy for the main character, even though she was not always likable. Her characters are always so well drawn. I would read just for that.
Lutie tries her best to hold things together, but lands in serious trouble. The novel shows the dangers of young, vulnerable kids being on their own. At times the story was almost too sad to keep reading. Lutie does not get through this story without some very bad things happening. .
In the end, they find a home.
Interesting characters, good dialog, well done story.
I wish Billie Letts had written more novels. A great talent.