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Title: American Dirt
Authors: Cummins, Jeanine
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 378
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: One minute it is a happy family barbecue, the next, courtesy of Los Jardineros, the local cartel, a massacre. There are only two survivors: Lydia Perez and her eight-year-old son Luca. To escape the same fate as the rest of the family they must leave Acapulco and flee north to the US.

Thrust into a harrowing journey, they join forces with two young sisters, Soledad and Rebeca from Honduras, and together they will face all the terror and hope visited upon migrants seeking refuge from their homelands.

Poignant and deeply moving, this is a momentous and never to be forgotten story.
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Grief/loss, Social commentary/perspectives, Mexico, America, 2021 Titles

Reviews

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By: RICH 005 2021-07-09 13:23:04
5 
Seldom is a book enjoyed by the whole group, but this one was! Very enlightening and won't be easily forgotten.

By: ROTO 015 2021-06-28 10:17:31
4.5 
We really liked that it was different - no idea what was going to happen. Well-written and suspenseful. It opened all our eyes as to what's going on in USA/Mexico.

By: MAST 008 2021-06-25 11:49:22
4 
Great discussion and everyone "enjoyed" the book. Well-written with entirely believable characters. The kindness of strangers was noted in the midst of a harrowing journey. It humanises migrants.

By: LOWER 009 2021-06-23 11:39:32
5 
An amazingly written book!!

By: BLENH 016 2021-05-14 14:48:51
4.5 
A really interesting story and real characters. We all felt invested in their lives and wanted positive outcomes for them. Really recommend this read.

By: CHCH 479 2021-05-03 14:05:28
5 
Very well-written - a great novel. Excellent commentary on what is happening for refugees in Mexico/US.

By: WANG 011 2021-05-03 14:02:52
4 
This book provoked a much more vigorous discussion than usual. Most of enjoyed it but several didn't. It is a thriller, therefore it is easy to see that parts of it are improbable, but in a novel of this sort these parts may be forgiven. We all agreed that it gives a human picture of Trump's wall and the stream of Central American immigrants which the television more or less dehumanises with its unimaginable scale. The criticism of the book by Mexican American authors was felt to be partly justified, but also partly jealousy and sour grapes.

By: TIMAR 011 2021-04-21 12:28:03
4 
Everyone read it, and enjoyed the story. There was some cynicism about it being written with a Netflix (or similar) series in mind, with grand drama and visuals. This was in part from our discussing the controversy around the non-indigenous writer writing a Mexican story. Good discussion about immigrants - including in NZ.

By: ISLA 001 2021-02-22 14:31:06
4.5 
Would encourage other book groups to have a read - an interesting novel. Maybe ended too abruptly.

By: CAMB 007 2020-12-18 14:09:22
5 
Great book. Everybody enjoyed this and could recommend it. We really liked how it made us aware of a situation that none of us knew about. Great to see it from the angle of the migrants.

By: AUCK 348 2020-10-20 12:26:02
5 
All but one of our book club enjoyed this book and found it gripping. The other found the beginning a bit "cheesy" and didn't get far in. Quite a simple writing style, but an eye opener. Discussed the controversy about telling other people's stories.

 
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