Stephen King gives a thumbs up
It’s not often an author gets a review from Stephen King. It’s also not often that he tells them their book is “Extraordinary.”
American Dirt tells the international story of our times. It’s an insider’s view of the struggles faced by victims of drug cartels in Mexico.
The author, Jeanine Cummins, weaves a tale that suspends you on a wire strung between love and death. The novel is called American Dirt, and it's written by Jeanine Cummins
This book reveals a world where lives are turned upside down and people are running for their lives.
Lydia Quizano Pérez is the owner of a small bookstore in Acapulco, Mexico. She lives with her young son Luca and her husband, who is a journalist. She lives a happy life, keeping herself and her family away from the dangers of the drug cartels.
Lydia becomes friends with Javier, a charming customer who frequently visits her store. He turns out to be the jefe of the newest drug cartel, a very powerful man in Acapulco. After a series of gruesome killings, the cartel takes over the city.
Lydia’s husband writes a revealing profile of Javier and when he publishes, it sets a series of events into motion that changes their lives forever.
She is forced to run with her eight-year-old son, relying on her wits and luck to survive. Faced with obstacle after obstacle, she finds a way to stay ahead of the cartel, protecting her son and herself from certain death.
Traveling north (el Norte) toward the United States, she meets other refugees fleeing violence. They are searching for a better life, but the future is uncertain and every step brings them closer to violence.
American Dirt will change the way you view the world. It brings you down into a world where people are trying to survive in desperate circumstances.
It peels back the layers that separate ‘us’ from ‘them’ in a way that left me breathless with gratitude and full of fear for humanity.
How will you act when all that is left is a glimmer of hope.
“También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.” American Dirt.