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 journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug ...more
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Now mother and her son have to leave the country for staying alive because one of the powerful men is chasing ...more
"Send help." "
Friends, fellow readers, and anyone with a beating heart, I encourage you to pick up ...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 type of story.
AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I GOT WITH THIS BOOK.
Read one of the many books on immigration BY FREAKING CHICANOS AND MEXICANS that already exist. I mean, she sure as hell did:
"My research started with reading everything Luis Alberto Urrea ever wrote. Then I read everything else I could find about contemporary Mexico and by contemporary Mexican writers. Then I read everything I could ...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 back to my ...more
“If there’s one good thing about terror, Lydia now understands, it’s that it’s more immediate than grief.”
She has an eight-year-old boy, Luca, and is running for her life, so she will have to set her grief aside until finding safety doesn’t consume her every thought. It is beyond my ken how people are able to lock away such powerful feelings into mental “boxes”.
I remember seeing a mother interviewed (much later) after her father had murdered all her children (as I recall), and she told how she ...more
This will be in my top reads for 2020. Amazing book. I don’t think I’ve read many books set in Mexico so at first this one didn’t jump out at me, then I started seeing all the hype and I was able to get the book through BookBrowse. Let me just say, this is SO worth it and I highly recommend this one. My review will not give away many details because I think it’s best to go into it blind.
The main character in this tale is Lydia, a bookstore owner in Acapulco, married to ...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 just ...more
The Line - ”One of the very first bullets comes in through the open window above the toilet where Luca is standing.”
The Sinker - Have you ever experienced a horrible trip or had a bad experience visiting another country, one that made you promise to kiss American soil and be happy to be on solid American ground if you made it home? We take our freedom and homeland for granted. Imagine living in village in Mexico. You are a bookstore ...more
This book is a MUST-READ for everyone!
Jeanine Cummins wrote a suspenseful and a heartbreaking story, a story that will stay with me for a very long time. This book had my heart pounding and tears rolling down my face, and I am so very impressed with the author’s ability to write such a timely novel with so much grace and honesty.
American Dirt is a powerful and an important story and it is easily one of my favorite books of all time.
So yes, the hype is real! Now do yourself ...more
Lydia’s once normal life as a married mom and owner of a bookstore is gone and to ...more
“También de este lado hay sueños”. On this side, too, there are dreams.
Lydia Quixano Pérez runs a bookstore in Acapulco, Mexico, where she lives with her husband, Sebastián, who is a journalist, and their eight year old son, Luca.
Her husband writes about Javier the new head of the drug cartel in Acapulco. Javier had his entire family killed during a family party, a quincenera where 16 people died. Lydia and her son Luca miraculously survives and flees Acapulco to ...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 right in the ...more
It is also profoundly racist.
Here is my essay about the dissent surrounding this book, dissent that is being erased, disappeared and silenced:
Clear your calendars because once you start this book you will not have time to do anything else. It will consume you and destroy you and you will never ever be the same.
So, yes, the hype is absolutely real with this 2020 release and I urge you to get those preorders and library holds in NOW. I alternated between the audio (thank you @libro.fm for the ALC) and the physical copy (Thank you @flatironbooks) and in the end the audio won out. The narration was perfection ...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 clamoring for ...more
As the publisher's personal ...more
A book like American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins exemplifies the wisdom of the nine-year-old me. For in telling the riveting ...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
First off let me say, this is one of the hardest books I had to review, because my feelings in the end were conflicting, so I had to handle this with care.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is gripping, dramatic, and intense. Opening with the murder of 16 people at a family gathering in Acapulco, Mexico, the only survivors are Lydia, a young mother and her eight year-old son, Luca. This massacre was orchestrated by local cartel, Los ...more
American Dirt is already one of the buzziest books of 2020 and it's still 2019! Looking into the lives of a mother and son whose entire family was slaughtered in cartel retaliation as they attempt to cross the border to "El Norte" is bound to be an emotional read, but Cummins brilliant writing adds another layer to this already gripping story.
If I had one complaint with this story, some parts could have been cut down a bit, but overall, this book was ...more
Mexico is complicated. I have no doubt that Cummins knows ...more