Lydia Quixano Perez 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 journ ...more
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Now mother and her son have to leave the country for staying alive because one of the powerful men i ...more
The Where The Crawdads Sing book of 2020.
I've never read Crawdads and I wouldn't have read American Dirt if not so kindly offered the opportunity by the publisher.
This is so far from my usual genre.
Give me a thriller any day.
I want to feel compelled to flip the pages while balancing on the edge of my seat.
I want to lose sleep because I can't put a book down, a heart racing, just one more chapter t ...more
Beginning at the end, or perhaps more accurately – after the end of the story, for a change. In the Author’s Note at the end of the story, Cummins writes:
”As I traveled and researched, even the notion of the American dream began to feel proprietary. There’s a wonderful piece of graffiti on the border wall in Tijuana that became, for me, the engine of this whole endeavor. I photographed it and made it my computer wallpaper. Anytime I faltered or felt discouraged, I clicked b ...more
I wasn’t going to review for a while given that this is a 2020 publication but American Dirt is one of those books you finish and immediately need to talk about. So a short sharp review now then when next year rolls around trust me, I’ll be back. Annoying y’all until you read it.
American Dirt is impeccably researched which gives it full flavour but the beauty and the horror of it all comes across because the writing, the sense of it, is stunningly authentic. It hits you ...more
In a pleasant Acapulco neighborhood, gunmen slaughter 16 people at a family barbecue. From a grandmother, to the young girl who was celebrating her quinceañera, they are all dead. The only survivors were Lydia, a young mother and her eight-year-old son, Luca. Lydia knew they must run as fast and as far as possible.
Among the dead is Sebastian, Lydia‘s husband, a well-known journalist who had ...more
The central characters, Lydia and Luca, are the only survivors of a drug cartel massacre that kills sixteen members of the same family. Convinced that the cartel will continue to hunt them, Lydia flees home and the bookstore she runs in Acapulco with her eight-year-old ...more
Mexico is complicated. I have no doubt that Cumm ...more
Perhaps with this: American Dirt is one of those rare books that will not only galvanize readers with its story and with its characters, but also change the way we think about our human condition. At this sad juncture in American history where desperate people who are fleeing for their lives are portrayed as a homogeneous brown mass c ...more
A book like American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins exemplifies the wisdom of the nine-year-old me. For in telling the ...more
Don Winslow has called it a "Grapes of Wrath for our times" and I have to say I completely agree. Cummins has done for the Latin American migrant what Steinbeck did for the Okies. She has humanised their experience.
The book opens with Lydia and her young son Luca cowering in their bathroom ...more
Thank you to Flatiron Books and Netgalley for the advance digital review copy!
American Dirt opens in media res with three members of an Acapulco cartel opening fire at a large family party while seven-year-old Luca is using the bathroom. Luca and his mother, Lydia escape the carnage by hiding in a shower, though the news of their survival reaches El Jefe once the ...more
I received this as a Goodreads Givaway. Excited, I immediately read the first five chapters the experience was so intense I had to stop. Two weeks later I picked the book up again and couldn't put it down.
The characters are ph ...more
On the news we're always hearing about the dangerous caravan of rapists and murderers trying to get in from Mexico. This book tells the story of Lydia, she could be you or me. She's running from the violence of a cartel directed at her family and her only way to escape is to join the migrants, at incredible risk to her and her young son. It is such a dangerous journey but not as ...more
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