My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Julissa Arce

Narrated By: Author

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: September 2016

Duration: 8 hours 33 minutes

Summary:

A National Bestseller!

What does an undocumented immigrant look like? What kind of family must she come from? How could she get into this country? What is the true price she must pay to remain in the United States?

JULISSA ARCE knows firsthand that the most common, preconceived answers to those questions are sometimes far too simple-and often just plain wrong.

On the surface, Arce's story reads like a how-to manual for achieving the American dream: growing up in an apartment on the outskirts of San Antonio, she worked tirelessly, achieved academic excellence, and landed a coveted job on Wall Street, complete with a six-figure salary. The level of professional and financial success that she achieved was the very definition of the American dream. But in this brave new memoir, Arce digs deep to reveal the physical, financial, and emotional costs of the stunning secret that she, like many other high-achieving, successful individuals in the United States, had been forced to keep not only from her bosses, but even from her closest friends.

From the time she was brought to this country by her hardworking parents as a child, Arce-the scholarship winner, the honors college graduate, the young woman who climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs-had secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant. In this surprising, at times heart-wrenching, but always inspirational personal story of struggle, grief, and ultimate redemption, Arce takes readers deep into the little-understood world of a generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today- people who live next door, sit in your classrooms, work in the same office, and may very well be your boss. By opening up about the story of her successes, her heartbreaks, and her long-fought journey to emerge from the shadows and become an American citizen, Arce shows us the true cost of achieving the American dream-from the perspective of a woman who had to scale unseen and unimaginable walls to get there.

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  • Amanda Savage

    Julissa's story over and over brought me to tears. Her experiences and many aspects of her life where incredibly challenging and really heartfelt. This is a book, that is a must read. Her perspective give so much insight to real struggle that our country faces. In the cast system that undocumented immigrants live within WILL have great progress with Julissa's story. I never knew that this was the way it was for so many Mexican Americans immigrants living in our country. My perspective is forever changed and influenced by this incredible story. Thank you Julissa for that. I will share you story and promote this book to everyone I know.