Did you ever wonder what the American Dream is? For many immigrants who traveled to America, they all had different dreams. Some people came to America to gain fortune, and others come to reunite with their family. However they all had one goal in common. They all wanted to make a better life for themselves. For most immigrants in America dreams weren't easy to achieve, like in the book Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch. The protagonist Rose Nolen comes to America with her family for a better life but it wasn't so easy for them to achieve.