American dirt



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'American Dirt' is the first novel to explore the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border, a journey which thousands of migrants make each year. Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop. Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist. Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world. Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left. For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg. For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train. For him, she will find the strength to keep running. Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, this novel is both a page turner and a literary achievement: a novel that will leave you utterly changed.



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Devastating and timely... its hard to imagine there will be a more urgent or politically relevant novel this year Observer This book is not simply the great American novel; it's the great novel of las Americas . It's the great world novel! This is the international story of our times. Masterful Sandra Cisneros Tough, powerful... AMERICAN DIRT made me understand better why someone would give up the home they know and love to survive, and the grit required to cross that border Tracy Chevalier Heartstopping... doesn't let up... you will urge them on, fists clenched The Times Stunning... remarkable... an account of love on the run that will never lose steam Vogue This might be the first book many people read this year... it might also be the best Irish Times Taut, tough, visceral, savage and exhilaratingly written i-Paper One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy... I defy anyone to read the first seven pages of this book and not finish it Stephen King AMERICAN DIRT transported me through genuine fear and had me willing on every human being struggling to get to a better life. Written with masterly restraint, it is a roaring human triumph Laline Paull It's been a long time since I turned pages as fast as I did with American Dirt . Its journey is a testament to the power of fear and hope and belief that there are more good people than bad. John Grisham I devoured the novel in a dry-eyed adrenalin rush... profoundly moving Washington Post From its heart-stopping first sentence to its heart-shattering last, Cummins' story of immigrants is just what we need now Don Winslow From the opening page your heart will be in your mouth You will never want to put this story down, Jeanine Cummins has written a novel of such moment, such danger and such compassion, it will change your view of the world Kirsty Wark Urgent and unforgettable, AMERICAN DIRT leaps the borders of the page and demands attention, especially now Sarah Blake Riveting, timely, a dazzling accomplishment. Jeanine Cummins makes us all live and breathe the refugee story. If a book can change hearts and transform policies, this is the one Julia Alvarez Both a moral compass and a riveting read Ann Patchett