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American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club)
A Novel
By (author): Jeanine Cummins
9781250754080 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Jan 21, 2020
$23.99 CAD
Active 6.1 x 9.31 x 1.1 in | 450 gr 400 pages Includes four-color endpaper map Flatiron Books
 
Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed (Selected for) Oprah's Book Club 2020, Long-listed Boston Globe Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed

#1New York Times Bestseller
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK

Extraordinary.”
Stephen King

“This book is not simply the great American novel; it’s the great novel oflas 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 thejefe 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 ridela 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 reachel 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 "aGrapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins'sAmerican Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Jeanine Cummins is the author of the novelsThe Outside Boy andThe Crooked Branch and the bestselling memoirA Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

- starred review from Publishers Weekly
- starred review from Kirkus
- starred review from Booklist
- starred review from Library Journal
- 500k print run
- received excellent blurbs from Stephen King, John Grisham, Kristin Hannah and more
- a Raincoast Superlead

Raincoast Superlead
: author of the bestselling memoir, A Rip in Heaven; huge early bookseller buzz; exclusive C-format paperback

Editors’ Choice fromThe New York Times Book Review
#1 Indie Next Pick for February
January 2020 Library Reads Pick

A Most-Anticipated Book of the Season/Year:The New York TimesO, The Oprah MagazineVogueMarie ClaireReal SimpleElleEntertainment WeeklyWoman’s Day • Literary Hub •ParadeChicago TribuneThe Washington PostTimeFast CompanyForbesEsquireUSA Today • PopSugar • Bustle •The New York Times Book Review

American Dirt just gutted me, and I didn’t just read this book—I inhabited it….Everything about this book was so extraordinary. It’s suspenseful, the language is beautiful, and the story really opened my heart. I highly recommend it, and you will not want to put it down. It is just a magnificent novel.”
Oprah

American Dirt is a literary novel with nuanced character development and arresting language; yet, its narrative hurtles forward with the intensity of a suspense tale. Its most profound achievement, though, is something I never could’ve been told…American Dirt isthe novel that, for me, nails what it’s like to live in this age of anxiety, where it feels like anything can happen, at any moment.”
Maureen Corrigan, NPR’sFresh Air

“This tense, illuminating novel takes off like a rocket…”
People (Book of the Week)

“This novel is a heart-stopping story of survival, danger, and love…”
The New York Times

“I devoured the novel in a dry-eyed adrenaline rush….A profoundly moving reading experience.”
The Washington Post

“A heart-pounding, page-turning, can’t-put-it-down, stay-up-till-3 a.m., adrenaline-pumping story…that examines, with sensitivity, care, and complexity of thought, immense, soul-obliterating trauma and its aftermath.”
Los Angeles Times

“The story is masterfully composed of timeless elements: the nightmare logic of grief, the value of human kindness, the power of love to drive us to do the unimaginable…Cummins proves that fiction can be a vehicle for expanding our empathy.”
Time

“Destined to be a classic.”
Woman’s Day

“Heartfelt and hopeful,American Dirt is a novel for our times. Thrilling, epic, and unforgettable….”
Esquire

“Stunning…remarkable….A novel as of the zeitgeist as any,American Dirt is also an account of love on the run that will never lose steam.”
Vogue

“This one will tug at your heartstrings.”
Marie Claire

“The very best novel I’ve read about immigrants (and the best novel I’ve read over the past year)….American Dirt is being compared toThe Grapes of Wrath, and the comparison is apt.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Pulse-pounding.”
Chicago Tribune

"As literature,American Dirt is modern realism at its finest: a tale of moral challenge in the spirit of Theodore Dreiser wrapped inside a big-hearted social epic likeThe Grapes of Wrath.American Dirt is going to be the defining book of 2020.”
New York Journal of Books

“Propulsive.”
Elle

“I strive to write page-turners because I love to read them, and it’s been a long time since I turned pages as fast as I did withAmerican Dirt. Its plot is tight, smart, and unpredictable. Its message is important and timely, but not political. Its characters are violent, compassionate, sadistic, fragile, and heroic. It is rich in authenticity. Its journey is a testament to the power of fear and hope and belief that there are more good people than bad.”
John Grisham

American Dirt is both a moral compass and a riveting read. I couldn’t put it down. I’ll never stop thinking about it.”
Ann Patchett, #1New York Times bestselling author ofThe Dutch House andCommonwealth

“Why do we read fiction? By immersing ourselves in the lives of fictional characters we gain emotional depth, breadth, and empathy. We become more human. I have never felt more changed—or challenged—by a book than I have byAmerican Dirt. It’s truly a revelation.”
Elin Hilderbrand, #1New York Times bestselling author ofSummer of ’69

“Relevant, powerful, extraordinary. It is a remarkable combination of joy and terror, infused always with the restorative power of a mother's love and the endless human capacity for hope. I hope everyone reads it and is as moved by it as I was.”
Kristin Hannah, #1New York Times bestselling author ofThe Nightingale andThe Great Alone

“Riveting, timely, a dazzling accomplishment. Jeanine Cummins makes us all LIVE and BREATHE the refugee story.”
Julia Alvarez, author ofIn the Time of the Butterflies

American Dirt is an extraordinary piece of work, a perfect balancing act with terror on one side and love on the other. I defy anyone to read the first seven pages of this book and not finish it. The prose is immaculate, and the story never lets up. This book will be an important voice in the discussion about immigration andlos migrantes; it certainly puts the lie to the idea that we are being besieged by ‘bad hombres.’ On a micro scale—the story scale, where I like to live—it’s one hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy. It’s marvelous.”
Stephen King

“From its heart-stopping first sentence to its heart-shattering last, Cummins’s story of immigrants is just what we need now. Gritty yet sensitive, realistic yet hopeful, grand and granular,American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is aGrapes of Wrathfor our times.”
Don Winslow, author of theNew York Times bestsellerThe Border

“The most gripping thriller you’ll read this side of Marathon Man. This thing goes harder than a Lee Child novel and the writing sings. Deserves to be aGone Girl-level hit.”
Joe Hill, #1New York Times bestselling author ofThe Fireman andHeart-Shaped Box

“Jeanine Cummins writes with such grace, compassion, and precision that I could not stop reading.”
Erika Sánchez, author ofI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

“This is a book that’s both hard to read and hard to put down and will no doubt spark a lot of conversation.”
Real Simple

“Time to sink intoAmerican Dirt.”
Entertainment Weekly

“This book is not simply the great American novel; it’s the great novel oflas Americas. It’s the great world novel! This is the international story of our times. Masterful.”
Sandra Cisneros, author ofThe House on Mango Street

American Dirt is an urgent, blistering, unforgettable book. In her portrayal of Lydia and Luca, a mother and son forced to leave their Mexican home, Jeanine Cummins has given face to migrants everywhere who flee violence and near-certain death in search of only one thing: a chance at life. Beautifully written, thrilling in its propulsive force,American Dirt is a new American classic.”
Tara Conklin, author of theNew York Times bestsellerThe Last Romantics

“The story of the migrant is the story of our times, and Jeanine Cummins is a worthy chronicler. At once intimate and epic,American Dirt is an exhilarating and beautiful book about parental love and human hope.”
Rumaan Alam, author ofThat Kind of Mother andRich and Pretty

“Urgent and unforgettable,American Dirtleaps the borders of the page and demands attention, especially now.”
Sarah Blake, author of theNew York Times bestsellersThe Postmistress andThe Guest Book

“A powerful, moving, and unforgettable read.”
Reyna Grande, author ofThe Distance Between Us

“This extraordinary novel about unbreakable determination will move the reader to the core.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lydia and Luca are utterly believable characters, and their breathtaking journey moves with the velocity and power of one of those freight trains. Intensely suspenseful and deeply humane, this novel makes migrants seeking to cross the southern U.S. border indelibly individual.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

American Dirt may be the don’t-miss book of 2020.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Cummins is a skilled and empathetic chronicler of trauma and its aftermath…American Dirt is an immersive story, fueled by the elemental love of a mother for her son.”
Minnesota Star Tribune

“This gripping story of a mother and son on Mexico’s migrant trail combines humane intentions with propulsive, action-movie execution.”
The Guardian

“This is a book everyone should read.”
Woman & Home

“This powerful new novel promises readers a ride they’ll never forget.”
She Reads

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