Book Review: My (Underground) American Dream by Julissa Arce

Julissa Arce‘s memoir, My (Underground) American Dream, reflects on a reality that millions know painfully well and others will never even have to consider simply because of where they were born.

Some have to decide just how much of their mental and emotional health they’re willing to risk for the American dream. Julissa is one of those people. In this memoir, she describes the fabric of pain, fear, and uncertainty that covered her after her parents admitted when she was just fifteen that her visa had expired.

Undocumented immigration brings a long list of trials, but it also inspires admirable determination. Julissa rose within the ranks of Goldman Sachs to become a successful executive and eventually gain the chance to tell her story on her own terms. She’s been vilified for working with a fake Social Security number. However, I dare you to look beyond that.

Consider the many individuals that this crumbling immigration system has failed. From the outside looking in, everything Julissa has done in order to survive may seem an unforgivable offense. On the inside, it’s about holding onto home while yearning for safety and a fair chance.

“I made up my mind that there were going to be times when I just had to live.”

Synopsis Excerpt (via Goodreads)

When she was 11 years old, Julissa Arce left Mexico and came to the United States on a tourist visa to be reunited with her parents, who dreamed the journey would secure her a better life. When her visa expired at the age of 15, she became an undocumented immigrant…

Buy My (Underground) American Dream at The Strand here.
(This happens to be my favorite indie, but please support your local ones!)

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