Amanda Craig

A novel of terror and hope on the Mexican-American border

Jeanine Cummins’s American Dirt is a portrait of a deepening societal breakdown

Lydia and Luca are hiding in the shower room of their home while 16 members of her family are murdered. Lydia’s husband, a journalist, wrote about the latest drugs cartel in Acapulco and now, to stay alive, the mother and small son must disappear to America. Instead of the middle-class life Lydia has enjoyed as a bookshop owner, she and Luca must become one of those nameless, desperate migrants against whom President Trump vows to build his wall.

This portrait of the deepening societal breakdown in Mexico gives a human face to an acute contemporary crisis

So begins Jeanine Cummins’s third novel,...

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