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American Dirt

The heartstopping read that will live with you for ever
  • Author
    • Jeanine Cummins
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'Breathtaking... I haven't been so entirely consumed by a book for years' Telegraph
'I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett


Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is an unforgettable story of a mother and son's attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. Described as 'impossible to put down' (Saturday Review) and 'essential reading' (Tracy Chevalier), it is a story that will leave you utterly changed.

Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop.
Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist.
Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world.

Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left.

For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg.
For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train.
For him, she will find the strength to keep running.
  • Published: Feb 18 2021
  • 134 x 192mm
  • ISBN: 9781472261403

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Press Reviews

  • Stephen King

    One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy... I defy anyone to read the first seven pages of this book and not finish it
  • Don Winslow

    From its heart-stopping first sentence to its heart-shattering last, Cummins' story of immigrants is just what we need now
  • Sarah Blake

    Urgent and unforgettable, AMERICAN DIRT leaps the borders of the page and demands attention, especially now
  • Julia Alvarez

    Riveting, timely, a dazzling accomplishment. Jeanine Cummins makes us all live and breathe the refugee story. If a book can change hearts and transform policies, this is the one
  • John Grisham

    It's been a long time since I turned pages as fast as I did with American Dirt. Its journey is a testament to the power of fear and hope and belief that there are more good people than bad.
  • The Times
    Heartstopping... doesn't let up... you will urge them on, fists clenched
  • Kirsty Wark

    From the opening page your heart will be in your mouth You will never want to put this story down, Jeanine Cummins has written a novel of such moment, such danger and such compassion, it will change your view of the world
  • Laline Paull

    AMERICAN DIRT transported me through genuine fear and had me willing on every human being struggling to get to a better life. Written with masterly restraint, it is a roaring human triumph
  • Sandra Cisneros

    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
  • Ann Patchett

    Both a moral compass and a riveting read
  • Washington Post
    I devoured the novel in a dry-eyed adrenalin rush... profoundly moving
  • i-Paper
    Taut, tough, visceral, savage and exhilaratingly written
  • Vogue
    Stunning... remarkable... an account of love on the run that will never lose steam
  • Observer
    Devastating and timely... its hard to imagine there will be a more urgent or politically relevant novel this year
  • Irish Times
    This might be the first book many people read this year... it might also be the best