American Dirt

American Dirt

Book - 2020 | First United States edition.
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Acapulco. Lydia Quixano Perez runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca; her wonderful husband is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is fairly comfortable. Javier browses at the store and comes up to the register with two of her favourite books. Javier is charming and the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When her husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, Lydia and Luca find themselves making their way north toward the United States, the only place Javier's reach doesn't extend. But what exactly are they running to?
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2020.
©2019
Edition: First United States edition.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 386 pages :,map ;,25 cm.
Notes: Map on end papers.

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I wrote about American Dirt as one of the titles to look out for in 2020, and if the reserve list for this title (which has just been published and is not yet on our shelves) is anything to go by it would seem that the publicists were right. American Dirt However many commentators are saying that this book may be one to look out for, but for all the wrong reasons: the Mexican-American… (more)

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I wrote about American Dirt as one of the titles to look out for in 2020, and if the reserve list for this title (which has just been published and is not yet on our shelves) is anything to go by it would seem that the publicists were right. American Dirt However many commentators are saying that this book may be one to look out for, but for all the wrong reasons: the Mexican-American… (more)


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"A gripping, vividly imagined, compassionate (and controversial) story of a mother and son escaping a drug cartel to cross the Mexican border into the US". Listener

The gripping story of a Mexican mother and son, and their struggle to flee cartel violence in the hope of a better life in America.


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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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Patricia45B
Mar 23, 2021

This book is intense! Heart pounding, exactly! I had to switch to an Anne Tyler book every few chapters just to calm myself down. This is an unforgetable, amazing book, one of the best I've read in years. Don't read it before bed!

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king5683
Mar 22, 2021

Powerful. Compelling. Timely.

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book27
Mar 18, 2021

Heart-pounding, takes you along for the ride.

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mclarjh
Mar 15, 2021

Melodramatic; inauthentic; for general audience.

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celiawhite99
Mar 01, 2021

Great book! Compelling story about a Mex migrant and her son escaping the cartel to get to American soil.

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hboening
Feb 24, 2021

This book is a roller coaster of emotions and really challenges you and makes you ask "what would you do if you were in Lydia's shoes?"

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CarlaCS
Feb 17, 2021

No doubt, Cummins can write. American Dirt was a page-turner from front cover to the end. The story is tightly told; no wasted description, dialogue, or scenes. Its unfortunate---perhaps even a crime against literature---that the novel has been criticized because the author is not of "approved" heritage or color: how ridiculous is that? It is unforgiveable that in her post-script, the author bows down to those criticisms and tries to justify herself. Nonsense! The work stands on its own and should be judged on its own. It matters not who wrote it, where they are from, what color they are, what gender they are, or who their ancestors are. Judge the book. Judge. The. Book. Had I read her mea-not-really-sorta-culpa before I'd read the book, I likely would have been so disgusted I wouldn't have read the book.

One criticism I have of the book is the author's choice <spoiler alert> to have no one on the migrant trail be a person with criminal intentions (except those pursuing the heroine and her son). There are no drug dealers seeking new customers, there are no gang members seeking access to new territory in the US, there are no murderers seeking anonymity across the border---everyone is an innocent victim with only the most noble of intentions. And as anyone with experience in the field can tell you, that is quite simply not true...not the case. I don't think the author does this out of naivete; I think she does it out of political ideology. So be it. It's her book. But it takes away from the realism that she so desperately pretends to want to be portraying.

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hoskerd
Feb 17, 2021

Recommended by Beth

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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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