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


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By: TIMAR 011 2021-04-21 12:28:03
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
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
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
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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