American Dirt

American Dirt

A Novel

Book - 2020
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#1 New York Times Bestseller
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" Extraordinary ."
-- Stephen King

"This book is not simply the great American novel; it's the great novel of las Americas . It's the great world novel! This is the international story of our times. Masterful."
--Sandra Cisneros

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams .

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they'll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy--two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia --trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier's reach doesn't extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte , Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, [2020]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250754080
9781250209764
Branch Call Number: CUMMI
Characteristics: 386 pages : maps ; 25 cm

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dddolfing
May 25, 2021

Good book. Story of Lydia and her son Luca race to get out of Acopulco after a drug lord kills her husband Sebastian and 17 of her family including her mother. The journey they take to get to the US is half of the book. They meet up with and travel with 2 young girls who have seen trauma themselves. Controversial book, but the author is very descriptive in her writing.

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jillianbice
May 25, 2021

This book is INSANE! This is the most incredible book I have ever read, it is really easy to read (because its just so good),but this does not at all take away from its detail, depth, adventure or heart. This story is so powerful and will pull you right into it. American dirt is an extremely fascinating story and if you are reading these comments because you are unsure about if you are going to read it or not... READ IT!

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boysroom
May 22, 2021

Started with great promise but became drudgery, slow and plodding. I started reading only dialog after about 75% through the book just to get through. Too cliche for me. I would prefer a true account, this seemed too sensationalized.

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jdmm4ever
May 07, 2021

This book serves as an excellent introduction to the perils faced by migrants.
The characters are generally believable and hopefully make people more sympathetic to the hardships faced by those who live in countries plagued by poor central governments and have become narco states.
The book is not "The Grapes of Wrath" and the writing is average at best. However, that should not distract everyone for reading this book and learning from it

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mls2
May 02, 2021

Wow! This could easily have been non-fiction! What a journey! Well written book. Hard to read at times but hard to put down. Pulls at your heartstrings for sure.

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Llaureys66
Apr 19, 2021

American Dirt is a tragic story of survival. Lydia and her son make the harrowing journey el Norte while facing many obstacles. I was anxious to finish this book but at the same time afraid to see how their journey ends. As far as the controversy is concerned, I believe this is a work of fiction and should be read as such.

Too grim to read.

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spudwil
Apr 15, 2021

Compelling, fast paced story. I finished it in a weekend. Couldn’t put it down!

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nancybos
Apr 12, 2021

"A Grapes of Wrath" for our times by Don Winslow is the blurb on the cover of American Dirt. I'm sorry, this is not anywhere close to Steinbeck's classic in my opinion. I found the writing very simplistic and cliche-ridden. So much so that I gave up reading it after 80 pages. I appreciate the author's intent, but this novel did not resonate with me.

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Katecimone
Apr 03, 2021

Good story, read as fiction, had no expectations going into it.

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VaughanPLTiziana Oct 26, 2020

"Lydia is dubious at first, but if you can't trust a librarian, who can you trust?" -pg. 375

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weaverleeanna
Apr 06, 2020

"Every day a fresh horror, and when it's over, this feeling of surreal detachment. A disbelief, almost, in what they just endured. The mind is magical. Human beings are magical.”

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cknightkc
Mar 03, 2020

“There’s a wonderful piece of graffiti on the border wall in Tijuana…. TAMBIÉN DE ESTE LADO HAY SUEÑOS. On this side, too, there are dreams.” - Author’s Note p. 383

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cknightkc
Mar 03, 2020

“That these people would leave their homes, their cultures, their families, even their languages, and venture into tremendous peril, risking their very lives, all for the chance to get to the dream of some faraway country that doesn’t even want them.” - p. 94

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Mich321
Nov 12, 2020

Mich321 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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