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Made in the U.S.A.
Billie Letts
Adult Fiction LETTS

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In a second Letts title where a pivotal event occurs at a Wal-Mart (the first was the author's bestseller Where the Heart Is), two long-neglected kids have to fend for themselves--and quickly. After their father's ex-girlfriend, Floy, who is their guardian, drops dead at the chain's Spearfish, S.D., megastore, 15-year-old Lutie McFee persuades her 11-year-old brother, Fate, to take off in Floy's Pontiac to their long-gone dad's last known address, a fleabag hotel in Las Vegas. There, they discover discouraging secrets about their father's whereabouts. Lutie gets fake working papers and a string of dead-end jobs. But with the threat of foster care looming, Lutie and trivia-mad Fate are soon at the mercy of child predators. Letts (whose son Tracy won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) manages this potentially maudlin or lurid material with a frank lyricism, delivering a heartbreaking tale about love, loss and survival that will stick with the reader long after the last page is turned. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Lutie McFee
Age: 15
Avoids attachments to people and places; mother passed away; father left to go to Las Vegas; shoplifter; her father's ex-girlfriend, her guardian, passes away; takes a car to go find her father; gets fake working papers so she can find work; struggling to avoid foster care.

Fate McFee
Age: 12
Lutie's brother; loves reading and watching television; worries about global warming; goes with Lutie in search of their father.

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