American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club)

By Jeanine Cummins

  • Release Date: 2020-01-21
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 2,421 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller

Stephen King

“This book is not simply the great American novel; it’s the great novel of las Americas. It’s the great world novel! This is the international story of our times. Masterful.”
—Sandra Cisneros

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Video Review American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club) - Jeanine Cummins


  • Riveting!

    By DivineVitaminC
    This was an amazing read! Well written and engaging. I couldn’t put it down, from the first page to the last. A real eye opener for this sheltered, naive reader. What an amazing book!
  • I found this story very moving

    By Suzieqarlington
    It’s a novel first and foremost, so people’s criticism that it wasn’t written by someone from Mexico doesn’t make sense to me. I found the story and the characters compelling and I struggled with them as they made their horrific journey.
  • Great writing!!

    By serial fanatic
    One of the best books I’ve read in a long time! I could not put it down! Highly recommend this book!
  • Lack of understanding to write this book

    By a daughter of immigrants
    Romanticizes the immigrant and POC experience
  • Read it!

    By Blueyeraven
    This is a beautiful smartly written book! From the first page you feel the emotions of the characters that are so real I felt I took this journey with them. Please don’t pay attention to the 1 star reviews which seem politically motivated to me. This book is now one of my favorites!
  • American Dirt

    By S7590
    Beautifully written. A real page turner from the beginning. This is a true classic piece of literature
  • I

    By ms clifton
  • Ughh

    By salt1808
    Terrible. It enforces negative stereotypes about what Mexico is, enforced by a white woman who “tried her best”. Trying is not enough.
  • Thanks

    By wt DDTs
    RFMA was we dry
  • bad

    By karenlmao4790
    i really don’t understand why she would want to write a book on this topic.she’s not hispanic whatsoever.