American Dirt By Jeanine Cummins
The Overview Of The Book :
También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.
Lydia Quixano Pérez 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 cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.
Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.
Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?
Reviews of The Book :
1*** No doubt this will be THE book of 2020.
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.
This book was nothing like what I was expecting and everything I could ever hope for.
Cummins has written a gripping and compelling narrative that every American should read. Unfortunately, those that need this message the most will refuse this book out of spite and/or the inability to read.
If that statement offends you, then you are exactly who it is directed towards.
2*** This is a timely and powerful portrayal of the plight of the migrant. An innocent mother and her young son desperately and illegally attempt to enter the US from Mexico while fleeing from a cartel. The beginning is brutal and the tension never ceases. The cartel’s savagery is not the focus of the novel but it is the impetus. At its heart, this is a novel about victims and there are victims aplenty. No one is to be trusted. Although, amid much cold-blooded barbarity and those out to make quick buck at the expense of the downtrodden, there are good souls who provide food, water, and shelter to the migrants. Be prepared to read this with your heart in your throat. I know of a certain occupant of the White House who would benefit greatly from reading this book but, alas, he does not read. Let’s hope American Dirt opens the eyes of others.
3*** Forced to flee from Acapulco after the massacre of their entire family, Lydia and her eight year old son Luca become migrants and begin their journey to the United States.
What a journey!
This is an extraordinary novel!
This is a page turner that explores all the elements.. grief, love, kindness, survival...
The movie rights have already been acquired...
I don’t care about any controversy about the book or writer..it’s a NOVEL. a great one!