|definitely not a gardening book|
American Dirt is the story of a middle-class bookstore owner in Acapulco whose extended family
are executed by a cartel after her journalist husband publishes an exposé of the cartel boss.
Leaving home with her young son, Lydia finds herself hunted by the cartel and forced to join migrantes from Central America and Mexico to attempt to travel to and cross the border into the UnitedStates.
When I chose American Dirt from the Hager website, I was unaware of the controversy around the novel. Jeanine Cummins is neither Mexican nor a migrant. American Dirt was the object of a bidding war, is an Oprah Book Club title and will be made into a movie (Netflix?). After having read Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North and The Hummingbird's Daughter, I found American Dirt
somehow unreal. Engrossing but not realistic. After finishing the novel, I looked at some reviews.
American Dirt is definitely not transformative but if you want to read a thriller set in the world of migrants, you will find it an engaging read.
|a bit of light reading|
|my new stack|