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Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts
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After their “caretaker” dies, 15-year old Lutie and her younger brother, Fate, become fearful that they will be sent to live in a foster home so they leave Oklahoma and take off to Las Vegas in search of their father who had abandoned them. But Las Vegas can be a cruel and unforgiving place for two kids living on the streets and they soon find this out when some shady characters take advantage of their situation. In order to survive, Lutie gets a job appearing in a porn film and then starts using drugs to numb some of the emotional pain. Just when their life couldn’t get any worse, in walks a man named Juan who understands their plight and knows what it’s like to be homeless and living on the streets, having done it himself. He offers a helping hand and becomes a sort of “guardian angel” to these two desperate and scared kids who are in need of some hope. In the process of helping Lutie and Fate, Juan is forced to face some of his own demons and emotional baggage from the past and it soon becomes apparent that it’s the kids who are helping Juan and not the other way around.

I thought this was a touching story about three “lost” souls who come together and find what it truly means to be a family.
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