America's Dream by Esmeralda Santiago PDF

By Esmeralda Santiago

ISBN-10: 0060928263

ISBN-13: 9780060928261

ISBN-10: 0061433802

ISBN-13: 9780061433801

América Gonzalez is a inn housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleansing up after filthy rich foreigners who do not glance her within the eye. Her alcoholic mom resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks existence will be greater wherever yet with América. So whilst América is on the market the opportunity to paintings as alive-in housekeeper and nanny for a kinfolk in Westchester County, ny, she takes it as an indication door to flee has been opened. but whilst América revels within the comparative luxurious of her new existence, bold to care a few guy except Correa, she is confronted with dramatic evidence that it doesn't matter what she does, she cannot escape from her past.

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Rosalinda’s door slams again. Correa has never threatened to take her daughter away. Through all the years of arguments, the beatings, the jealousies, the you can’t do this and you can’t do that, he’s never once threatened to take Rosalinda away from her. She clears Rosalinda’s abandoned breakfast. Correa has three children in Fajardo with a woman he married because her father threatened him with a gun if he didn’t. He supports them with his meager pay and with whatever extra money he earns doing odd jobs for the mansion owners.

I missed my novela,” Ester whines when she comes in, as if missing one episode of her favorite afternoon soap opera made a difference. She grabs a beer on her way to change clothes. Doesn’t even notice América’s somber expression. When she comes out in a pair of shorts and T-shirt with no bra, she plops in front of the television and surfs channels until she finds the one she wants. América, sitting on Correa’s couch, doesn’t move from her place until a woman appears on the screen, her mascaraed eyes dripping with tears that a mustached man is kissing away with great tenderness.

An open hand, he says, is as effective. ” América doesn’t talk much at lunchtime. Anything she says can get back to Correa, who plays dominoes with these men. And often Correa is part of their conversations. He eats lunch at La Casa three or four times a week and sits with the men on their end of the table while she and Nilda huddle at their end pretending not to hear them. América gets her pail and rags from the supply room and goes back inside. She’s almost done with the rooms in the main house and has brought down the laundry for Nilda to wash and 35 / Esmeralda Santiago hang out to dry.

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