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Review of American Dream?

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[Following is an official review of "American Dream?" by Jeoung Lee.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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American Dream? by Jeoung Lee tells the story of Hanel Kim, a Korean nurse working in America before the COVID pandemic and during it. She was born in Korea but left after the political unrest caused by the assassination of their president. Her senior brother, Daehan, who fought the new administration, left for America before her.

She first went to Saudi Arabia, where she worked at a hospital in the war-torn country, but due to the insecurity, she made up her mind to leave. The last straw was when she barely escaped an attempt to kidnap her. She has always been asked by her brother to come to the US, and that is what she decided to do. With firm purpose, she settles in Alaska and gets employed at a non-profit hospital. Does she get the American Dream? Find out the fate of Hanel when you read this book.

There are many things I liked about this book. It was fiction, but it spoke about the reality of health care and hospital administration in America. This book was written about the COVID era and how hospitals coped with the pandemic. How treatments were done, how nurses and doctors got infected due to a lack of sufficient protective gear, and much more. It also talked about the in-depth racism and discrimination against foreign nurses in the assignment of duties and in promotion. We saw how foreign nurses were made to do more work than white nurses because the supervisors were also white.

One thing I admired was Hanel's personality. She was a dedicated nurse who did her work diligently and cared for her patients earnestly. Even though she was discriminated against, she never let her feelings affect her work. The author showed her writing prowess in the way she wrote the story from both the past and present interchangeably. The way it tied up at the end was beautiful to behold.

There was nothing I did not like about this book. It was informative and socially charged. It was also short in length and did not have unnecessary information. I found only one error, so I can say the book was professionally edited. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. The reason for my rating has been stated above. This book was written for Korean nurses seeking to work in the US. But anyone working in the American health sector is recommended to read this book.

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This is a great review. It has spur my interest to get this book. I will like to see whether Hanel gets the American Dream.
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