American Dirt

American Dirt

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 21/01/2020
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American Dirt
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 y... READ MORE
Molly at Peterborough
American Dirt
Compelling, truthful, compassionate
Just imagine you are at a family barbeque and men arrive and gun down your family. Just imagine that you are in a country where the police cannot help or p... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
American Dirt
Just read it. What more can I say.
This is such a powerful work of fiction, it grips you from the outset, there are moments which are nigh on unbearable to read and yet you know you will rea... READ MORE
Jo Morpeth
American Dirt
Real darkness but also real humanity.
I know there's controversy around this book, but as a story about a woman who has to do everything she can to survive and protect her child it really shine... READ MORE
Adam Yates


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: 720g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 44 mm

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American Dirt
A book that will open your eyes, break your heart and compel you to keep reading
A book that will open your eyes, break your heart and compel you to keep reading Lydia has a good life in Mexico with her husband and son. One sunny day... READ MORE
Emma b Books
American Dirt
Brilliant, gripping, emotional.............a must read!
From the very first page this book draws you in to the world of life in Mexico, the cartels and one woman and her son's journey to America. It's so well wr... READ MORE
Jenny Holden
American Dirt
A shocking story of what it means to flee your country in fear
A shocking story of what it means to flee your country in fear I wanted to read this book for myself. It’s heart-breaking and heart wrenching. Graphic, ra... READ MORE
American Dirt
Politically motivated
i am revising my star rating to 2 My reason not for the controversy but for the contents of the book itself. The more I think about this book and it’s con... READ MORE
American Dirt
Thriller meets Social commentary
A great thriller as well as a great insight into the horrific plight of central american refugees and the drug problem in Mexico. A cover to cover hit for ... READ MORE
American Dirt
A real page turner...
Wow, this was a real page turner for me. American Dirt really opened my mind and touched my heart. In my opinion Jeanine Cummins has written an incredible ... READ MORE
Emma Louise Smith
American Dirt
Emotion and tension was felt all the way through.
I could not put this book down. Lydia and her son Luca are on the run from Acapulco attempting to reach the United States and freedom. Their lives are unde... READ MORE
American Dirt
My Book of 2020!
Sometimes i find it takes me a good few chapters to get into a highly recommended book, but this one had me in the first couple of pages! Gripping & exciti... READ MORE
Indi Scott