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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: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 4,564 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.


  • Great Read!

    By travelbug!
    Great book! Highly recommend!!!
  • It’s a NOVEL, people! Not a memoir.

    By AuntJannie
    Great, hair-raising story from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down! I highly recommend it. Cultural appropriation? I didn’t see it. At no point did the author suggest it was her personal story. Like all good writers, she researched her subject and wove what she learned into the storyline. It is common for novelists to write about topics beyond their own experience. I don’t see how this is an issue.
  • Survival

    By wegnerlax
    I can’t imagine being in the position to make decisions of life and death. Surviving the journey is only half the battle. We should not judge others until we have walked in their shoes.
  • Absolutely Amazing

    By CristianMoro
    As an immigrant myself having come to this country fleeing persecution and poverty I am so grateful someone put this story so palpable and made it so compelling that I couldn’t put it down from the moment I started reading it. Looking back, at my time spent in America, now as an American citizen I can’t help but to think how many people are still in the same situation and this book made me gain a new respect for those poor souls fleeing tragedy, and desperation trying to give their children a new, safer future.
  • American Dirt

    By Keys woman
    A completely political book wanting you to feel that illegal immigrants are wonderful people and have a right to illegally enter the US. Very predictable.
  • Good but predicted the ending

    By Sheila4100
    I was half way through and new how it was going to end and was correct.
  • American Dirt

    By GibHoxie
    A gut-wrenching story of the brutality of narcos, the courage of those driven to abandon their country, the challenges of the bestia, and ultimately the hope of starting over. Hard to put down, necessary to put down to sleep.
  • Simply well done

    By Lene_babez
    This story captivated me almost immediately. Coming from illegal immigrant parents myself and reading this book had me in tears. My parents stories were brief but I’m almost certain they encountered the same obstacles as the sisters. I loved it and the reader had was done so well.
  • Gripping story!

    By Lalalisa33
    So well-written and had me from page 1. Very compelling characters and story line.
  • Captivating story!

    By ally m cal
    Excellent book! I spent many nights not being able to put it down. It’s definitely on my top list of tops books I have ever read. Ignore all the negative reviews. You won’t regret reading this story. Even though it’s a work of fiction, it’s definitely given me a new perspective.