American Dirt

American Dirt

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 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: 9781250260604
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Pupalup
May 26, 2020

This book starts out with a bang, literally, but then carries readers on a less and less believable journey. I totally get why Latino writers are annoyed that a white woman gets to tell the story of migrants fleeing gang violence in Latin America while Latino writers can't get the time of day from major publishers.

A decent read, but not as interesting as the controversy surrounding it.

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 25, 2020

This controversial Contemporary Fiction is both compelling and thought-provoking. Because reader reviews are so polarized on this book, this author, and this topic (immigration), it is sure to generate lively conversation and debate.

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Tjavierb
Jan 22, 2020

A book about Mexican migrants by someone who has no experience with the people or experiences. This book shouldn't have been greenlit for this writer. The publisher should've let someone with the right background write it instead of making more room for another white writer.

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 25, 2020

As Rebeca reveals what scraps of story she does have to Luca, he starts to understand that this is the one thing all migrants have in common, this is the solidarity that exists among them, though they all come from different places and different circumstances, some urban, some rural, some middle-class, some poor, some well educated, some illiterate, Salvadoran, Honduran, Guatemalan, Mexican, Indian, each of them carries some story of suffering on top of that train and into el norte beyond. Some, like Rebeca, share their stories carefully, selectively, finding a faithful ear and then chanting their words like prayers. Other migrants are like blown-open grenades, telling their anguish compulsively to everyone they meet, dispensing their pain like shrapnel so they might one day wake to find their burdens have grown lighter. Luca wonders what it would feel like to blow up like that. But for now he remains undetonated, his horrors sealed tightly inside, his pin fixed snugly in place.

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