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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Our Bold Path to Prosperity by Joyce DiLorenzo is a moving autobiography that explores the life of an immigrant and what it means to survive and succeed in foreign lands. The protagonist shares a story that allows readers deep insights into the culture and history of Indonesia following WWII, the challenges of moving to another country, and what it meant to finally settle in the US. Born to Indonesian-Dutch parents, the protagonist’s family moved from Indonesia to Holland just after the Revolution in search of a better lifestyle, but the divorce left the children alone under the care of their mother and grandmother. Follow their story as they move to the United States, pursuing greener pastures and how, through determination and relentless toil, they were able to prosper.
This is a gritty autobiography, beautifully written and filled with insightful passages. Readers will encounter strong women in this story, including the grandmother of the protagonist, her mother and her sister. We look at these great women as they deal with life-changing moments, including divorce, immigration challenges, and embracing a new culture. It is also interesting how these women could transform their obstacles into opportunities, taking calculated risks without fear and trusting in life. I enjoyed reading about Joyce DiLorenzo’s mother, a woman who is determined to succeed and who instills in her children the lessons she’s learned herself, teaching them to fight for the things they value. Our Bold Path to Prosperity is told in a very candid and powerful voice and the prose flows gracefully. I enjoyed the author’s gift for description and the ability to create scenes that are deeply emotional, focused, and that grab the reader’s attention. This is a delightful and inspiring tale that shares what it means to be an immigrant.