American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins

We are going to pivot to a different book this month. Burnt Sugar is not out until the Spring so we are going to pick up American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Amber Hillman will be our generous hostess under a covered patio on Thursday October 29th at 5:00pm. Seats 6ft apart and hand sanitizer will be provided.

Please wear a face mask and email Carla (carlambunting@gmail.com) if you are planning to attend.

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

Already being hailed as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times” and “a new American classic,” American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Lydia Quixano Perez runs a bookstore in the Mexican City of Acapulco until one violent day changes everything. 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 they might feel safe. 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 when they finish reading it. A page-turner filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page, it is a literary achievement. It is one of the most important books for our times.

About The Author

Jeanine Cummins is the author of four books: the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven, and the novels The Outside Boy, The Crooked Branch, and American Dirt. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.