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American Dirt

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
Number-one New York Times best seller

Oprah's Book Club Pick

"Extraordinary." (Stephen King)

"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)

Tambien de este lado hay suenos. On this side, too, there are dreams.

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 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?

American Dirt will leave listeners utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity. It is one of the most important books for our times.

Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic", Jeanine Cummins' American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

"Narrator Yareli Arizmendi illuminates the humanity and individuality of Latin American migrants as they flee toward refuge in the North.... The account of Lydia and Luca's travails, including terrifying rides atop Mexico's freight trains, is utterly compelling. But it is Arizmendi's voicing of Lydia, so full of fierce tenderness, that will stay with listeners after the story's close." (AudioFile Magazine)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"At once intimate and epic, AMERICAN DIRT is an exhilarating and beautiful book about parental love and human hope." - Rumaan Alam

"Urgent and unforgettable, AMERICAN DIRT leaps the borders of the page and demands attention, especially now." - Sarah Blake

"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

"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

"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

"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

"From its heart-stopping first sentence to its heart-shattering last, Cummins' story of immigrants is just what we need now." - Don Winslow


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February 2020 : USA Library Binding
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Title: American Dirt (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
ISBN: 1-4328-7224-9 / 978-1-4328-7224-3 (USA edition)
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Title: American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
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Title: American Dirt: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND RADIO 2 BOOKCLUB PICK
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Title: American Dirt (International Edition)
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ISBN: 1-250-75408-9 / 978-1-250-75408-0 (USA edition)
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Title: American Dirt: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND RADIO 2 BOOKCLUB PICK
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
ISBN: 1-4722-6141-0 / 978-1-4722-6141-0 (UK edition)
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January 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
ISBN: 1-250-26061-2 / 978-1-250-26061-1 (USA edition)
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Title: American Dirt
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Title: American Dirt
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January 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: American Dirt
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Tinder Press
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January 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Title: American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Title: American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
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Title: American Dirt: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND RADIO 2 BOOKCLUB PICK
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU