American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins


“I read this on the plane to Ibiza (my first trip) – I was so absorbed that it wasn’t until two hours into the flight that I looked up to discover a very noisy party in full swing on the plane.  Unputdownable.”  Rosamund

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‘Breathtaking… I haven’t been so entirely consumed by a book for years’ Telegraph

‘I’ll never stop thinking about it’ Ann Patchett

FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING. HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE. Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is an unforgettable story of a mother and son’s attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. Described as ‘impossible to put down’ (Saturday Review) and ‘essential reading’ (Tracy Chevalier), it is a story that will leave you utterly changed. 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.

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