I was watching floss tube the other day and the gal from Hands Across the Sea recommended this book, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. She said she was only three chapters in but was totally hooked. I thought I’d check and see if it was available. Happily, Hoopla had it. The thing great about Hoopla is there is no waitlist so…I snatched it up right away and started listening.
I was hooked after the third chapter too! I found myself doing anything I could to listen to the book. I sewed longer. I took Rosie on a longer walk. I listened while I stitched and didn’t turn the television on. I wanted to know what was happening.
The front cover of the book says, “A Grapes of Wrath for our times”. I think that is a perfect analogy.
For me, it was so good to be reading something that caught my attention that wasn’t historical WWII fiction and wasn’t a crime-related book. This book takes place in Mexico and that’s somewhere that I have read very little about.
Here’s what Amazon has to say:
“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 listeners utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity. 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’ American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.”
Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars. I’m going to say 4.8 for me. I loved the story and it was a wonderful change from what I’ve been reading lately. I’ll go so far as to say that it’s the best book I’ve read this year.
You can find the book HERE if you are interested. I ended up checking to see if the online library has more books by this author and she does…YAHOO!!