American Dirt

indexI enjoy the writing skills of Jeanine Cummins, and her latest novel does not disappoint. As you probably know from all the publicity surrounding it, American Dirt is the story of the plight of the migrant family. Lydia and Luca Perez, a mother and her young 8 year old son, are fleeing Acapulco to escape with their lives. Their entire family of 16 people have just been gunned down in cold blood by the henchmen of a local drug cartel boss, in retaliation for the fallout after a story by Lydia’s husband exposing “El Jefe” and his murderous crimes. Lydia and Luca ride La Bestia, trains that will take them close to the US border, a harrowing journey, and then must hire a “coyote” to sneak them across the border. I thought Cummins did an excellent job of portraying “the other” and the reader is led to experience the tremendous courage displayed by the migrants in the face of immense adversity.

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