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American Dirt - Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt

By: Jeanine Cummins

Paperback | 21 January 2020 | Edition Number 1

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The unforgettable story of a mother and son fleeing a drug-cartel to cross the US-Mexico border.

'I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it' – Ann Patchett

'One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy' – Stephen King

Fear keeps them running. Hope keeps them alive.

Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, American Dirt is the first novel to explore the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border. Described as 'A Grapes of Wrath for our times' (Don Winslow) it is a story that will leave you utterly changed.

Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop.
Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist.
Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world.

Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left.

For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg.
For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train.
For him, she will find the strength to keep running.

Staff Review by Ben Hunter

When one of your favourite American authors, Ann Patchett, reads the most talked about American novels of the year and says “I couldn’t put it down. I’ll never stop thinking about it,” you get a pretty good indication that the novel in question is something special.

American Dirt is about a Mexican woman named Lydia, her son Luca and everything they sacrifice to survive the cartel that murdered their family and make it to the United States. It has the sustained, heart-racing flight of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, the depth of humanity expressed in the immigrant experience in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and the profoundly affecting mother-son connection of Emma Donoghue’s Room.

Yes, it’s that good.

About the Author

Jeanine Cummins is the author of three books: the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch and one true crime work, A Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
Industry Reviews
I defy anyone to read the first seven pages of this book and not finish it

Tough, powerful... AMERICAN DIRT made me understand better why someone would give up the home they know and love to survive, and the grit required to cross that border

From its heart-stopping first sentence to its heart-shattering last Cummins' story of immigrants is just what we need now

It's been a long time since I turned pages as fast as I did with AMERICAN DIRT

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