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.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"This book is a page-turner; a literary achievement; it is filled with poignancy, drama and humanity on every page."

"This is a deeply moving story with the full panoply of mankind at its best and worst in sensitive but detailed prose and narration. An excellent read."

"American Dirt is not an easy read, but it's an engrossing, important one."

"Well-written book. I felt as though I walked every step with Lydia."

"There is no way you will read this book and not be changed by it."

"A powerful, emotional account of a woman's fear and desperation."

"Easily one of the most thought-provoking and stunning stories I have ever read. I was captured by page one and it never let go."

"The author makes this very current narrative so real it is chilling to read."

"Impeccably researched which gives the book a full flavour but the beauty and the horror of it all comes across because the writing, the sense of it, is stunningly authentic."
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Grief/loss, Social commentary/perspectives, Mexico, America, 2021 Titles


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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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