American Dirt is not an easy read, but it s an engrossing, important one This book tells the story of several migrants making their way through Mexico, hoping to enter the U.
S For most of them, the journey begins with violence 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 son Luca Suddenly she finds herself having to make life or death decisions without any secure options on a daily basis Alternately walking and riding on the roof of a freight train La Bestia, Lydia and Luca meet a pair of sisters, Soledad and Rebecca, ages fifteen and fourteen, who are fleeing their home in Honduras, again due to cartel violence They face the threat of sexual assault constantly I thought this was absolutely fantastic and I can t wait for everyone I know to read it so we can talk about it together If you follow me, you know I have a sweet spot for what I like to call compulsively readable literary fiction This is it.
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 ot 4.
5 StarsBeginning at the end, or perhaps accurately after the end of the story, for a change In the Author s Note at the end of the story, Cummins writesAs 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 desktop and looked at it Tambi n de este lado hay sue os On this side, too, there are dreamsWhile there is much about this that seems painfully current, a story I would not be shocked to hear about through some Breaking News report which seem to occur much often lately, it would be easy to forget the news is most often comprised of facts and figures and especially lately to be slanted to one side, politica A beautifully written and timely story that is suspenseful, compelling and deeply affecting SUMMARYIn a pleasant Acapulco neighborhood, gunmen slaughter 16 people at a family barbecue From a grandmother, to the young girl who was celebrating her quincea era, 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 published a featured article on Javier Crespo Fuentes, the leader of the local cartel, Los Jardineros That article is the reason that her entire family is dead.
Reeling from shock, Lydia know she has to leave Acapulco immediately, and go somewhere the cartels cannot reach Lydia knows Fuentes, and actually thought he was a
Simply incredible A must read in the new year Full review to come ô American Dirt å Oh this book.
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 heart from the incredibly powerful opening to the tear inducing finale and that s not even taking into account the interim journey, one mother and her son desperately seeking safety.
There is truth here Horrific truth but also love and hope If you read nothing else in 2020, let it be American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins It is a must read Lydia and her son Luca are at a relative s quinceneara birthday party for a 15 year old when a cartel shoots and kills the other 16 members of their family present Lydia and Luca survive by hiding in a shower Lydia is acquainted with the leader of this cartel she knows she and her son were also supposed to die today What follows in the wake of this horrific event is Lydia and Luca s thousand plus mile journey to el norte the USA to reach safety Along the way, we met several other characters, all with their individual stories, some nearly as awful.
This book rocked me to my core I know people who have lived through the migrant experience You see, I was married to an illegal immigrant In fact, I lived in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, from 2003 2004 with my now ex husband, throughout my
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 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 ex Being Hailed As A Grapes Of Wrath For Our Times And A New American Classic, American Dirt Is A Rare Exploration Into The Inner Hearts Of People Willing To Sacrifice Everything For A Glimmer Of HopeLydia 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 Cartels, Her Life Trailer â American Dirt PDF by ↠´ Jeanine Cummins Is, By And Large, Fairly ComfortableEven 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 Four 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 American Dirt Will Leave Readers Utterly Changed It Is A Page Turner It Is A Literary Achievement It Is Filled With Poignancy, Drama, And Humanity On Every Page It Is One Of The Most Important books For Our Times