AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins – Review & Giveaway


AMERICAN DIRT (Flatiron) by Jeanine Cummins is almost too close to the heart seeing what is going on at the Mexico-US border. Just because it’s not in the news doesn’t mean the horrors at our border aren’t still happening. Families are still being stripped apart and children are being held in cages.

After sixteen relatives are massacred by a drug lord, Lydia and her eight year old son, Luca embark on a desperate journey from Acapulco to El Norte … the United States. That’s the opening of AMERICAN DIRT which is already being called the novel of 2020. It’s being likened to a modern version of the classic, THE GRAPES OF WRATH.

What Lydia and Luca endure to get to “El Norte” is almost too horrifying to read. To know people are still experiencing this desperate journey makes me question where our empathy is as a nation. gives it, what I consider the best review/recommendation: “Reading AMERICAN DIRT will make you a better person, plain and simple. Believe all the hype and devour it immediately.”

I concur.


Jeanine Cummins is the author of four books: the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven, and the novels The Outside BoyThe Crooked Branch, and American Dirt. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Thanks to Flatiron we have one copy of AMERICAN DIRT to giveaway. Just tell us how your new year is going. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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