I read a review of American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins early last year, and decided I wanted to read it. I then completely forgot what it was about, but I trusted 2020 me to have made the right decision and eventually got a copy of it for Christmas.
Set in modern day Acapulco, one of the most dangerous cities in the world, American Dirt is the story of Lydia and her son, Luca. Lydia has it all – she owns a bookshop, her husband is a successful journalist and she has a mum, sister and nieces and nephews that she loves. But in a split second, it is all taken away from her – all except Luca.
Lydia knows they are both in great danger, so they run. They just need to get to the safety of the USA. But anyone who watches the news knows that the USA doesn’t want Mexican migrants. And it is a really long way away when you are trying not to be found.
The journey to the border is a very dangerous one. Lydia and Luca don’t know all of the migrants’ travel tricks. Lydia can’t trust anyone, but she also knows she has to trust other people if they are to survive. She faces robbery and kidnapping and takes decisions no mother should ever have to take for herself, let alone her child.
Will Lydia and Luca make it to ‘American dirt’?
This is an absolutely brilliant book. It is eye opening and heartbreaking. It is an adventure story which really gets you thinking. Lydia and Luca’s story is a story which is happening every day, right now. It is very well researched and very well written.
American Dirt isn’t the easiest of reads, but it’s not too challenging either. If you want to read an inspiring story and also to learn a little bit more about the horrors of the world, I would really recommend American Dirt.