American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club) - Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club) Summary

Written By Jeanine Cummins

Readers Score: 4/5
Rated by 4,241 Readers

American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club) Book Summary


#1 New York Times Bestseller

Stephen King

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

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American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club) is a Fiction & Literature book, written By Jeanine Cummins. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 4,241 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • Read it

    By TSpaCarter
    If you’re on the fence, read it. Quickly became one of my ALL time top five. Inspired me to go read more books, written by latinx authors. I am aware that Jeannine is not Latin. Her writing is so utterly captivating. Incredible, eye opening, read.
  • Messages

    By lorainejane
  • DH

    By Wondering1-:?
    I don’t get all the negative reviews. While I’m sure the author makes mistakes in her portrayal of Latin people, she puts a serious topic in the front burner. It’s easy as Americans to ignore what Trump has done to immigrants on the border. After you read this book it’s a lot harder to ignore the plight of Latin people escaping oppressive situations. Look for the good this book does...not sure where the bad is.


  • American Dirt

    By Keys woman
    A completely political book wanting you to feel that illegal immigrants are wonderful people and have a right to illegally enter the US. Very predictable.
  • Good but predicted the ending

    By Sheila4100
    I was half way through and new how it was going to end and was correct.
  • American Dirt

    By GibHoxie
    A gut-wrenching story of the brutality of narcos, the courage of those driven to abandon their country, the challenges of the bestia, and ultimately the hope of starting over. Hard to put down, necessary to put down to sleep.
  • Simply well done

    By Lene_babez
    This story captivated me almost immediately. Coming from illegal immigrant parents myself and reading this book had me in tears. My parents stories were brief but I’m almost certain they encountered the same obstacles as the sisters. I loved it and the reader had was done so well.
  • Gripping story!

    By Lalalisa33
    So well-written and had me from page 1. Very compelling characters and story line.
  • Captivating story!

    By ally m cal
    Excellent book! I spent many nights not being able to put it down. It’s definitely on my top list of tops books I have ever read. Ignore all the negative reviews. You won’t regret reading this story. Even though it’s a work of fiction, it’s definitely given me a new perspective.
  • Thief !

    By Daniedee29
    This woman stole from prominent Hispanic authors, white washed it, and tried to call it an original piece.
  • Why is this being sold still?

    By Kimber M.
    Who is even buying this now?
  • Amazing Insight

    By cathjar
    Author Jeanine Cummings sheds a thorough spotlight on reasons why people leave the terror of the cartel and make their way North. After the massacre of her entire family there is nothing to do but take her child join the ranks of many seeking refuge in the USA.