AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins
From panic to peaceful…terror to tranquil- those are the feelings I experienced over the 400 pages of AMERICAN DIRT, but it started with the first paragraph! Forced to flee from Acapulco, Mexico after the massacre of their entire family, Lydia and her eight-year-old Luca become migrants.
Fearing that she and Luca will be hunted down by the head of the cartel that slaughtered their family, they begin a harrowing journey to illegally enter the United States.
This is a timely, powerful and fictional portrayal of the plight of the migrant, but Cummins did her research. No one is to be trusted. Although, amid much cold-blooded barbarity and those out to make a quick buck at the expense of the frightened and needy migrants, there are good people who provide food, water and shelter… expecting nothing in return. Although Lydia and Luca struggled for their entire journey, they maintained a hopeful attitude about reaching a place of freedom and safety. They weren’t running for their lives or to find a better life…they were running to SAVE their lives.
I found AMERICAN DIRT riveting, informative, suspenseful and heartbreaking… and I highly recommend it in the hopes that productive conversations and awareness will be generated about the issue of immigration. After all, we are a nation of immigrants!
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