American Dirt

American Dirt

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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"También de este lado hay sueños. Lydia Quixano Perez 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 four 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 when they finish reading it. A page-turner filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page, it is a literary achievement."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2020
ISBN: 9781250209771
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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JCLHeatherM Jun 28, 2020

A definite page turner from start to finish; Lydia and her son Luca are migrants hoping to escape the drug cartel in Acapulco and find a future norte, in the United States. The migrants face plenty of challenges on the path to freedom, for every peak there is an equally devastating valley as the quest for a fresh start pushes them forward.

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Margush
Jun 28, 2020

Can’t put it down. Such an amazing book. Learned so many things from it while being entertained and kept on my toes all the way through my reading. Highly recommend.

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blue_gorilla_827
Jun 20, 2020

Mom recommended

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miss_drouillard
Jun 03, 2020

Read it!

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pozrob
May 30, 2020

There were two deciding factors in my decision to read this book. The first being all the static generated by the book, (who gets and who doesn’t get to tell a story), and the second being that knowing once a book’s enshrined in Oprah’s Book Club it’s relegated to Holy Writ. Sometimes the joy of reading can be corrupted by too many opinions. I read a lot of books. Some great, others not so much. I was riveted from start to finish with this book. My opinion...... Pick up a copy, read it and decide for yourself.

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dschirmer
May 29, 2020

I know there is a lot of controversy around this novel and I am not going to address it in this review. From a story perspective it held my attention but I didn't think it was ground breaking, I had to suspend belief for parts of it (it is fiction, I can bring myself to do that). I think the 8 year old speaks way beyond his years which held me up on a few occasions. Overall I am not upset that I took the time to read it but I will not go out of my way recommending it to anyone.

ArapahoeJulieH May 11, 2020

I read American Dirt with my book group because I had an interest the controversy over it. Had to plow through the first half of the book as the characters and story line didn’t feel authentic. The second half of the book was a little more interesting; however, the writing style was lacking throughout. The story follows Lydia, an upper class Acapulco bookstore owner, who is married to a journalist. Lydia enters a close “literary friendship” with Javier who (much to her surprise) turns out to be the leader of a major cartel. When Lydia’s husband exposes Javier in an article he has written, Javier guns down her entire family (husband, mother, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces), leaving Lydia and her eight year old son, Luca, to flee Mexico to the US with basically nothing. It was worth it to watch Oprha’s facilitation of interviews with the author and a line-up of Latinix women. After reading American Dirt and all the fuss the publishing industry made over the book, it really made me wonder how they chose the next best read. It couldn’t be profit over art, could it?

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Daisybates
May 06, 2020

Not only was this book an unforgettable story, it was a learning experience I am greatful for! Highly recommend.

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PJD
May 05, 2020

A real eye-opener!

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krsbozo
Apr 28, 2020

Brutal, controversial, interesting, and somewhat compelling. I had issues with parts of the plot, and there were things I couldn't believe. For example, the boy Luca doesn't say any words until he is four, and then he speaks in complete sentences. Really? That's magical realism, perhaps. But this book is written as a true-to-life novel as far as I can tell. Lots of death and destruction. Rapes of young girls. Menace everywhere. I put it down for a bit, and then came back to it and finished the book, because what else am I going to do during the pandemic? So, that's the compelling part. I wanted to know what was going to happen even though I had not fully bought into the premise. It's interesting that the boy Luca, aged 9, is the hero and the spiritual center of the book. He does the right thing when the Mom is blinded by her love of Luca. She will do whatever she has to do to make sure that he lives, even if that means turning her back on other children that need her help. A mother's love is sometimes so intense that it warps the mother, even a good one.

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weaverleeanna
Apr 06, 2020

"Every day a fresh horror, and when it's over, this feeling of surreal detachment. A disbelief, almost, in what they just endured. The mind is magical. Human beings are magical.”

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cknightkc
Mar 03, 2020

“There’s a wonderful piece of graffiti on the border wall in Tijuana…. TAMBIÉN DE ESTE LADO HAY SUEÑOS. On this side, too, there are dreams.” - Author’s Note p. 383

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cknightkc
Mar 03, 2020

“That these people would leave their homes, their cultures, their families, even their languages, and venture into tremendous peril, risking their very lives, all for the chance to get to the dream of some faraway country that doesn’t even want them.” - p. 94

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