American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins ( paperback 2021)


Vivid and utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is the first novel to explore the humanity in the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border. Described as 'impossible to put down' (Saturday Review) and 'essential reading' (Tracy Chevalier), it is one of my books of 2020.

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.


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