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America Deconstructed by Chaithanya Sohan and Shaima Adin is filled with real-life stories from professionals who have worked with immigrants to help them with their social competence. In this book, the authors explore what the American dream meant for the people in the stories and what the reality was when they finally made it to the US. A nine-year-old boy escapes the Taliban, flees from Afghanistan, and travels to the US in search of freedom. Follow the story of Chidibere and Ifeyinwa as they struggle with cultural and language barriers in the US. The book documents stories of sixteen immigrants and the challenges they encountered on the way to reach the US. And what is interesting is how the authors capture the dichotomy between dreams and reality. Is America the reality of the dream country that many of these people have fantasized about?
Each story is unique, featuring people from different backgrounds. They are stories of hope and resilience, of humanity and grit, balancing the illusions of a better life in America and the crude reality of forging a new life in a world that is strange and has its own rules. It is interesting to read about the struggles the immigrants endure to get to America, but life as an alien isn’t easy. What keeps these people going will surprise readers. The emotion is captured in a style that is poignant and in prose that is highly descriptive. America Deconstructed is filled with wonderful commentaries and it deals with a variety of themes, including family, immigration, relationships, and politics. Here is a book that helps readers understand the contemporary American immigrant, written with a rare sense of humor, and candidly capturing their experiences. It answers the question: What does the American dream signify to millions of immigrants and what does it really feel like to attain this dream? The answers will surprise most of us.