Review: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Review by Pete R.

Overall Review 6/10

Summary: The Acapulco family of an investigative reporter is murdered save for the mother (Lydia) and son (Luca). In order to escape the corruption and crime of the cartels, the pair turn migrant and join the flow of people towards the US-Mexico border. Along the way, Lydua and Luca face capture, robbery, riding trains, starvation and more in the hope of a new life in Los Estados Unidos.

Review: The flow of the narrative is quite slow but is reminiscent of The Grapes of Wrath in terms of being a migrant story. In the case of American Dirt, it does invoke some inward thought and discussion regarding the immigration issues currently facing the world, and more directly the Americas. At times the story is repetitive, but the author does a great job of character development over the course of Lydia and Luca’s journey north. Not a “must read”, but entertaining and thought-provoking enough to be worth reading.

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