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*NOW A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME*
'Breathtaking... I haven't been so entirely consumed by a book for years' Telegraph
'I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett


FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING. HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE.

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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 44mm | 720g
  • Tinder Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472261399
  • 9781472261397
  • 56,726

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Devastating and timely... its hard to imagine there will be a more urgent or politically relevant novel this year * Observer * 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 Heartstopping... doesn't let up... you will urge them on, fists clenched * The Times * Stunning... remarkable... an account of love on the run that will never lose steam * Vogue * This might be the first book many people read this year... it might also be the best * Irish Times * Taut, tough, visceral, savage and exhilaratingly written * i-Paper * 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 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 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. I devoured the novel in a dry-eyed adrenalin rush... profoundly moving * Washington Post * From its heart-stopping first sentence to its heart-shattering last, Cummins' story of immigrants is just what we need now 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 Urgent and unforgettable, AMERICAN DIRT leaps the borders of the page and demands attention, especially now 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 Both a moral compass and a riveting read Devastating and timely... heartwrenching' * Observer *
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About Jeanine Cummins

Jeanine Cummins is the author of three books: the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch and one true crime work, A Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
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393,794 ratings
4.36 out of 5 stars
5 54% (211,527)
4 33% (130,702)
3 10% (37,460)
2 2% (9,107)
1 1% (4,998)
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