In chapters One – Five of American Spy, we learn that Marie Mitchell who is a former FBI agent and a single mother of four-year-old twins writes to tell about her life for her children to read when they grow up. She tells of her experience: killing an intruder who she believed was sent by her old enemies to kill her. She tells of her childhood experiences in New York City, her family members, and her readiness to reveal the truth about the death of her son’s father.
By Boluwatife O. Ojewande
“I’m writing this to give you honest answers to the questions I hazard to guess you’ll ask while you’re growing up. I’m writing it all down here just in case I’m not around to tell you” (15).
The sad truth is that family can sometimes be one’s worst enemy. The first five chapters of this novel prepares readers’ minds to what Marie’s journey to becoming an FBI agent looked like, the impact her background and family probably have on her career as a spy and her entire life, most importantly the stranglehold that Cold War terror placed on the psychology of her generation.
Of the experiences that Marie presents, which one was most memorable to you? Briefly explain why.