In a beautiful sincere and clear voice, L.W. Clark’s THE YELLOW SUITCASE (9781098374242); trade paperback; $17.99; on-sale September 21, 2021) follows a young woman as she — literally
In a beautifully sincere and clear voice, L.W. Clark’s THE YELLOW SUITCASE (9781089374242); trade paperback; $17.99; on-sale September 21, 2021) follows a young woman as she-literally–packs up and puts her old life aside in the pursuit of claiming a new one. Desperate to shed the limiting expectations of her friends and family of Eastern Europe in the 1990s, Alyssa Florescu finds that looking for love, freedom, and life itself in America under New York’s city skyline isn’t at all it’s cracked up to be. It’s much more.
In THE YELLOW SUITCASE, twenty-one-year-old Alyssa Florescu wakes up at her impoverished home in Eastern Europe on New Year’s Day in 1995 and decides to change her life. She’s not sure what she should do, but she does know she can no longer live in her country with its tired traditions, lifestyle, and culture — she wants a free and independent life. Inspired by a friend, she decides to go to America. Even though she doesn’t know anyone there and speaks little English, she overcomes her fears and doubts, ad within a year she’s off to America with $100 in her pocket.
However, Alyssa’s bravery soon wears off and she second-guesses her decision as she struggles with loneliness and being away from her friends and family while fitting into a new culture. As she struggles to work for a wealthy family on Long Island, with limited English and even less understanding of their lifestyle, she becomes mentally stronger. When she sees Manhattan for the first time, she’s determined to succeed in her new city.
One cold evening, Alyssa is on the rooftop of a townhouse and she locks herself out. There she encounters Gilles, a wealthy French man. Their relationship grows and they become deep and