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

American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club)

By Jeanine Cummins

  • Release Date: 2020-01-21
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4
From 5,548 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.


  • Good read

    By cousin fun
    A page turner
  • 10/10

    By Kait Wyka
    Made me see life through a different perspective.
  • American Dirt

    By Latinx_Nancy
    The irony that the title relays an underlying message on the entirety of the book. The book was not an accurate portrayal of Mexicans and migrante experiences.
  • A real page turner

    By RealtorDonna166
    I couldn’t put this book down! I felt like I was making the escape from Mexico and places beyond right along with the migrants. The writing is fantastic!
  • Must Read!

    By PattySD
    Excellent Book! 100% recommend!!
  • This book made me cry

    By Jacky1294
    This book is really detailed and the story telling drew me in, it was longing getting to the point of the story but once it did putting the book down was impossible. I cried at the end
  • Viajar al Norte

    By Richard Bakare
    The early controversy around this book had me reluctant to read it. The charge being that the author was speaking in a voice that was not her own, an experience she did not know, and culture she did not grow up in. But is that not what all creative writing is? Pulling a little bit from ourselves, what is around us, and filling in the rest with imagination and dexterity with the written word. So I tried it and was grateful for doing so. Migration to the US and EU by displaced groups is a hotly debated topic, whether legal or otherwise. Who should come, why should they be allowed, how many, and when. Politicians hold the final say in the rules but the conditions on the ground are what move to ignore them. For too long the wrong narrative has been told about this situation and held up any progress on immigration reform. That’s why it is so refreshing to read a book like “American Dirt” or “The New Odyssey” that tell the stories of who make dangerous and costly effort towards any possibility of hope. Because the alternative is often death with no help from an apathetic or corrupt government. Whether the experience of the author is 100% authentic or not, the stories need to get out there so all of us who are in a position to help can understand the why.
  • A journey I will be a better person for taking...

    By allharolds
    This book made me see a different side of an immigrant. I cried and dreamed I was on this journey. Life changing
  • Predictable

    By Dave Dagny
    Predictable ending and way too long. The beginning was awesome but then the plot dragged on and on.
  • American Dirt

    By CoachKW50
    Good read