ContemporaryAmerican Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins


Did you love this one? I’m guessing you *probably* did. Right, I’m just going to come out and say it — I didn’t. I read it as soon as it came out, almost two years ago, traipsing to work in Shoreditch and back with it wedged under my arm and whilst the beginning hooked me in like nothing else, I didn’t feel that way throughout. That’s not to say parts of Lydia and Luca’s journey on La Bestia weren’t incredibly gripping. It’s just that if I’m honest, I just know, deep down, I didn’t love it. When you know, you know, don’t you, right?!

I do know that a lot of readers adored this book — they couldn’t put it down and they couldn’t stop thinking about it — and my view may well be far from popular opinion. But, saying that, for other reasons, this book has been a hugely divisive one. Though it was selected by @oprahsbookclub on publication and is one of the bestselling books of last year, it was also panned by Mexican American writers for its stereotypical depictions of migrants. It’s difficult now to separate it from the controversy now surrounding it.

What did you make of American Dirt? Would love to know your thoughts.

~ Sophie 

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