Thursday, August 07, 2008
Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts
It isn't the new Where the Heart Is but it is pretty close. The story follows teenage Lutie and her aptly named brother, Fate, who begin their journey in Las Vegas where they believe they will find the father who abandoned them. They end in Oklahoma, taken in by a circus family that welcomes them into their crazy family circle. The book reads a bit like Letts opened the police blotter in any given city and incorporated all of deviants she found there - thugs, drug dealers, rapists, pornographers, homeless shelter regulars, as well as those kind folks who always look out for the good will of the innocents. It was a mindless read for a hot August night.