By Oksana Marafioti

A bright and humorous memoir approximately transforming into up Gypsy and turning into American

Fifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. this implies traveling with the relatives band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It capability getting your hair reduce in “the Lioness.” It additionally capability enduring sneering racism from each phase of Soviet society. Her father is decided that his ladies lead a greater, freer lifestyles. In the USA! additionally, he desires to play guitar with B. B. King. And remedy melanoma together with his own magnetism. All of this he confides to the girl on the American embassy, who inexplicably permits the kin access. quickly they're dwelling at the sketchier facet of Hollywood.

What little Oksana and her sister, Roxy, recognize of the USA they’ve realized from MTV, subcategory George Michael. It doesn’t relatively organize them for the demanding situations of immigration. Why are the glamorous Kraft Singles separately wrapped? Are the little soaps within the lodges rather unfastened? How do you shield your great new boyfriend out of your opinionated father, who desires you to marry decently, in the clan?

In this affecting, hilarious memoir, Marafioti cracks open the secretive international of the Roma and brings the absurdities, miscommunications, and unpredictable victories of the immigrant event to existence. With unsentimentally ideal pitch, American Gypsy reveals how Marafioti adjusted to her new lifestyles in the USA, one slice of processed cheese at a time.

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