American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club) - Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club)

Author: Jeanine Cummins

  • Publication Date: 2020-01-21
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4
(From 3,254 Ratings)


#1 New York Times Bestseller

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

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez 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 readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. 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's American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.


  • American Dirt

    By Gertrudis Gomez
    A story created “a la Hollywood”, with a political agenda. It downplays the serious problem with illegal immigration.
  • Culturally insensitive garbage

    By eendres16
    That’s it. That’s the review.
  • Great book

    By Emi+nem
    Good read.
  • Lydia!

    By Engish Teacher
    This is a NOVEL and keep that in mind! The criticism of any Mexican/Latino realism is unnecessary because this is one of the best books I’ve read in years. Yes it’s about fictional characters in a very real world. Beautifully written prose and kept me up reading til 3 am for a few nights til I was sure Lydia and Luca would escape the horrors of the opening shower stall horror. Read this book!
  • American Dirt

    By avomaria
    Ms Cummins story was not hers to tell. I found it most annoying that while appropriating someone’s else’s culture , she also peppered the book with Spanish words and phrases. The characters were primarily Mexican and Central American. The narrative was in English yet every now and then an italicized word or phrase would appear. Why? To remind us they were Spanish speakers? Finished reading it solely for my book club discussion. Not worth $15.99!

    By AmyCat=^.^=
    Stereotypes and a storyline that makes a cheap soap opera seem credible by comparison, written by a woman “brown-washing” her mainstream-white background and claiming familiarity with the “immigrant experience” of Latinx people due to her “immigrant” husband... who’s from Ireland. It’s shameful that the publisher, and Oprah, gave such publicity and promotion to this phony when there are authentic Latinx authors writing authentic novels and not getting published.
  • Great

    By austinharmony
    Loved this book
  • Must Read!

    By Jwalkin11
    Could not stop reading after those first 7 pages... hooked instantly!
  • Terrible.

    By Yola in Texas
    The story was not hers to tell. She obviously did not even speak to any Mexicanos.
  • Beautifully written!

    By MutterificB
    I couldn’t stop! It brought a ton of emotions!