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American Dirt

(2020)
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'Breathtaking... I haven't been so entirely consumed by a book for years' Telegraph
'I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett

An extraordinary story of the lengths a mother will go to to save her son, AMERICAN DIRT has sold over a million copies worldwide. It's time to read what you've been missing.

Lydia Perez owns a bookshop in Acapulco, Mexico, and is married to a fearless journalist. Luca, their eight-year-old son, completes the picture. But it only takes a bullet to rip them apart.

In a city in the grip of a drug cartel, friends become enemies overnight, and Lydia has no choice but to flee with Luca at her side. North for the border... whatever it takes to stay alive. The journey is dangerous - not only for them, but for those they encounter along the way. Who can be trusted? And what sacrifices is Lydia prepared to make.

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)
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Title: American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
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Title: American Dirt: THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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February 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: American Dirt: The Richard and Judy Book Club pick
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ISBN: 1-4722-6140-2 / 978-1-4722-6140-3 (UK edition)
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Title: American Dirt
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January 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: AMERICAN DIRT
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Title: American Dirt
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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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January 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: American Dirt
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January 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: American Dirt
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon AU   


January 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: American Dirt
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


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
Availability: Amazon   


January 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


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
Availability: Amazon UK   


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January 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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January 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: American Dirt: THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU