The unforgettable story of a mother and son fleeing a drug-cartel to cross the US-Mexico border.
'I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett
'One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy' Stephen King
FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING. HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE.
Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is the first novel to explore the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border. Described as 'A Grapes of Wrath for our times' (Don Winslow) it is a story that will leave you utterly changed.
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.
Jeanine Cummins is the author of three books: the novels THE OUTSIDE BOY and THE CROOKED BRANCH, and one true crime work, A RIP IN HEAVEN. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
I defy anyone to read the first seven pages of this book and not finish it
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
From its heart-stopping first sentence to its heart-shattering last Cummins' story of immigrants is just what we need now
It's been a long time since I turned pages as fast as I did with AMERICAN DIRT
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