American Dirt

by jeanine cummins | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1472261402 Global Overview for this book
Registered by LindyLouMac of Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on 5/22/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by LindyLouMac from Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, May 22, 2021
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También de este lado hay sueños.
On this side, too, there are dreams.

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?

Journal Entry 2 by LindyLouMac at Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, May 22, 2021
My Review :
Wow! ‘American Dirt’ was for me a unique read about escaping the grip of the drug cartels in Mexico.
The novel starts with such a horrendous descriptive scene, that I was very unsure as to if I was going to enjoy it. Wanting to know more about the misery that Mexican migrants supposedly suffer I persevered. So glad I did because within a few chapters I was completely absorbed in this atmospheric story of a very brave woman Lydia and her son Luca.

The sole survivors of a brutal massacre the novel tells the story of their hazardous journey fleeing Mexico, for hopefully the safety of North America. An exceptional read that made me so much more aware of the conditions that migrants endure. Human beings that love their families, they are not that different from us, people who sadly are often forced into the only choice they have, that of fleeing to try and protect their loved ones.

If you read this which I recommend you do, just remember it is fiction. However, the immigrant crisis is a real one and this novel humanizes the issues perfectly.

Journal Entry 3 by LindyLouMac at Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, May 23, 2021

Released 1 yr ago (5/23/2021 UTC) at Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom

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