The American Dream follows sweethearts Andy Parsons and Cam Trantham. Of their childhood in the Appalachians, Andy recalls, “The same rain fell on us and the same sunshine warmed our bodies as we went from chubby-cheeked, blond-headed kids to gangly, awkward adolescents.” Inseparable from third grade on, everyone assumes that Cam and Andy will live the rest of their storybook lives together.
But their fairy tale romance darkens when Cam suddenly disappears in tenth grade. Andy’s life is put on hold; she reflects, “…I guess I’ve been skipping through life ever since, sort of like pushing the button to skip to the next track on a CD, one that is easier to listen to… one that doesn’t remind you of something you’re trying to forget.” The American Dream opens twenty-one years after Cam’s disappearance, with their chance reunion in a coastal Brazilian town, where Cam smuggles for the same drug czar that employs Andy as a teacher. The novel’s intricate structure reveals Cam and Andy’s tender past as they revisit the memories themselves, while the thrilling present action simultaneously propels the reader forward. Can Cam and Andy’s love overcome time and Cam’s intense drug addiction, or is a happy-ever-after ending impossible?
Ms. Whitlock says, “After my son’s death my life was erased. I had lost my American dream and I was forced to step back and rewrite my own version. Most of us go through life believing that if we work hard, play fair and have faith that we will obtain that elusive fairy tale of the American dream, but life can be cruel. It’s important to realize that we all have the opportunity to define our existence, to set our priorities and be true to our own hearts… that is inner freedom, a very personal American dream that we all have within our grasp.”
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