By Esmeralda Santiago
América Gonzalez is a inn housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleansing up after prosperous 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 lifestyles will be larger wherever yet with América. So whilst América is available the opportunity to paintings as alive-in housekeeper and nanny for a relations in Westchester County, long island, she takes it as an indication door to flee has been opened. but whilst América revels within the comparative luxurious of her new lifestyles, 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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What mother would do that to a sixteenyear-old boy? If Rosalinda was stupid enough to get pregnant, she’ll have to take responsibility for what happens next. ” A dull ache forms in América’s chest. She didn’t learn from Ester’s mistake, why should she expect Rosalinda to have learned from hers? Maybe it’s a family curse. Just as Ester left her mother with a man who promised her God knows what, América left, at 33 / Esmeralda Santiago the same age, with Correa, whose promises she doesn’t remember.
You have to go to work, Mami,” América whispers, and Ester lifts her head, pushes herself up on her elbows. ” “No, it’s Wednesday. ” Ester collapses on the bed again and rolls over. ” Within seconds she’s fast asleep. “Mami, you have to get up now. ” She jiggles Ester, who swats her with open palms as she would a bothersome fly. ” Ester rolls over and gradually pushes herself to a sitting position with América’s help. “¿Ay! ” She fumbles in the dark for the light switch. “You should have told me last night.
In one, they changed the look of a room by draping sheets on the walls, the windows, the furniture. To América, it looked like a house abandoned, protected from dust, ghostly and unwelcoming. “Buzzzz…You’re an airplane…. Buzzzz…. rat tat tat tah…” The door flies open and a man carrying a toddler comes in. ” “Is okéi,” she says. “I finish later—” “No, no, that’s all right. You can keep working. ” He drops the child on the bed, tickles him with one hand, while with the other he reaches for a clean diaper in the box next to the bed.
America's Dream by Esmeralda Santiago