Publication year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Tinder Press, 2020
Resource type: Physical
Originally published: New York: Flatiron Books
'American Dirt' is the first novel to explore the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border, a journey which thousands of migrants make each year. 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.
A moving story in which the relationships between the central characters are touching and well-drawn, but I sense the reality of the situations that South American migrants face are less neat and even more harrowing.
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