American Dirt (Hardback)
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American Dirt (Hardback)

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Hardback 480 Pages
Published: 21/01/2020
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Waterstones Says

An incendiary novel of desperate love and pulse-quickening danger, American Dirt confronts the lawless frontier of the US-Mexico border in a narrative that has been rapturously received on the other side of the Atlantic. With whip-smart pacing and an astounding ability to make the seemingly incredible both authentic and intimate, this is an enthralling page turner of the highest literary quality and contains an immersive essay on the story’s genesis and Cummins’s fascinating writing process.   

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, American Dirt is both a page turner and a literary achievement: a novel that will leave you utterly changed.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472261397
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 44 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Urgent and unforgettable, AMERICAN DIRT leaps the borders of the page and demands attention, especially now

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

Both a moral compass and a riveting read

Devastating and timely... heartwrenching' - Observer

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Emma Smith at Bedford

“WOW!”

‘American Dirt’ without a shadow of a doubt, blew me away. It made me angry, it made me cry and it made me smile. And it made me feel incredibly lucky that I live somewhere safe and I can raise my child within that... More

Hardback edition
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“Love, Loss & Migration”

Lydia's entire family are murdered on the order of her one-time friend, Javier - a cultured, well mannered man and emergent Jefe of the Los Jardineros cartel. She and her son Luca survive with just enough time... More

Hardback edition
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“Mega”

This book has the most compelling first line, scene and chapter I’ve read in a very long time. It felt like a slap around the face that said “THIS is why you read”. I’m not spoiling anything by saying it begins with a... More

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