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“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.”
También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.
Lydia Quixano Pérez is a resident of Acapulco, Mexico. She owns and manages a bookstore. Her son, Luca, is the love of her life, and she is married to a wonderful journalist. And, while the drug cartels are causing cracks in Acapulco, her life is, for the most part, relatively comfortable.
Lydia keeps some of her all-time favorite books in her store, despite the fact that she knows they’ll never sell. Then, one day, a man walks into the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he’d like to purchase, two of which are her favorites.Javier is a learned man. He has a charming personality. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the leader of the city’s newest drug cartel, which has brutally taken control. None of their lives will ever be the same after Lydia’s husband’s expose on Javier is published.
Lydia and her eight-year-old son Luca are forced to flee and soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Lydia and Luca are instantly transformed into migrants and board la bestia trains heading north toward the United States, which is the only place where Javier’s reach does not extend.Lydia quickly notices that everyone is fleeing something as they join the throngs of people attempting to reach el norte. But where are they trying to get to?
Readers will be completely transformed after reading American Dirt. On every page, it is a literary achievement brimming with poignancy, drama, and humanity. It is, without a doubt, one of the most important books of our time.
Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to risk anything for a glimmer of hope. It has already been praised as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times” and “a new American classic.”