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American Dirt Tambi N De Este Lado Hay Sue Os On This Side, Too, There Are DreamsLydia Quixano P Rez 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 ComfortableEven 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 SameForced 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

  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • American Dirt
  • Jeanine Cummins
  • English
  • 24 April 2017

About the Author: Jeanine Cummins

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


10 thoughts on “American Dirt

  1. says:

    I DON T READ THE COMMENTS ANYMOREclearly I was reading them early on, as you can see on the first few PAGES of comments You re free to talk amongst yourselves, however edit For a deeper, nuanced conversation from a panel of Mexican American poets, professors, bloggers, librarians, poets laureate watch this video as part of the DignidadLiteraria team, I met with Flatiron Macmillan Here s the press conference announcing the commitment to Latinx eq I DON T READ THE COMMENTS ANYMOREclearly I was reading them early on, as you can see on the first few PAGES of comments You re free to talk amongst yourselves, however edit For a deeper, nuanced conversation from a panel of Mexican American poets, professors, bloggers, librarians, poets laureate watch this video as part of the DignidadLiteraria team, I met with Flatiron Macmillan Here s the press conference announcing the commitment to Latinx equity the publisher made edit Jeanine Cummins American Dirt is a novel about a Mexican bookseller who has to escape cartel related violence with her son, fleeing to the US Cummins received a seven figure advance for this book And it s harmful, appropriating, inaccurate, trauma porn melodrama.Problem 1 The Author Let me start with the obvious Cummins has never lived even within five hundred miles of Mexico or the border In fact, until very recently, she didn t lay claim to the Latinx heritage that comes to her through a Puerto Rican grandmother Just five years ago, she was calling herself white Latina or no, Cummins certainly isn t Mexican or Chicana That s a problem.If you don t know this, Mexican writers are horribly underpaid Women writers in Mexico,so And Chicanx authors suffer marginalization in the US market As a Mexican American writer, I have seen my Chicana and Mexicana colleagues struggle to get their stories told, to get their manuscripts into the hands of agents and past the publishing industry s gatekeepers.While I have nothing against Jeanine s or anyone else s writing a book about the plight of Mexican women and immigrants especially if they do their homework and don t exoticize our culture , I am deeply bothered that this non OwnVoices novel has been anointed the book about the issue for 2020 with a seven figure advance, no less with glowing reviews from major newspapers and the support of big names in US publishing.Such reception is especially harmful because authentic stories by Mexicanas and Chicanas are either passed over or published to significantly less fanfare and for much less money There s been strong pushback, especially Myriam Gurba s masterful take down of the book that magazines refused to publish and Parul Sehgal s examination of how the book flounders and fails Author Daniel Pe a characterizes the book in stark terms lab created brown trauma built for the white gaze and white book clubs to give a textural experience to people who need to feel something to avoid doing anything and from the safety of their chair US readers would be MUCH better off diving into one of the many books on immigration by ACTUAL Chicanx and Mexican writers that already exist I mean, Cummins sure did My research started with reading everything Luis Alberto Urrea ever wrote Then I read everything else I could find about contemporary Mexico and by contemporary Mexican writers Then I read everything I could find about migration Sonia Nazario s Enrique s Journey is magnificent So is The Beast by the Salvadoran writer scar Mart nez from her Shelf Awareness interview Yet even after reading EXISTING works, Jeanine Cummins STILL felt SHE needed to write about the plight of Mexican immigrants Ostensibly, however, she was conflicted and nervous On the one hand, she admits to Alexandra Alter of the New York Times I don t know if I m the right person to tell this story And in the afterword of her book, she worries that privilege would make her blind to certain truths, wishing that someone slightly browner than her would write it But on the other hand she still wrote it After talking to various Mexicans on the border, this was her response Every single person I met made meanddetermined to write this book Cummins was concerned, she claims, that people at the border were being depicted as a brown, faceless mass She wanted to give them a face To be their white savior.Of course, she conveniently forgot about the very OwnVoices books she had mined for ideas and cultural texture In the midst of this literary amnesia, she decided to make millions off the pain and struggle of women from a completely different culture.Why does her identity even matter Because she gets nearly everything wrong as a result.Problem 2 The ContentFor example, Cummins screws up Spanish egregiously especially nuances in Mexican Spanish First, when depicting Spanish language dialogue as English, she sprinkles it with Spanish words, which is ridiculous Hola, abuela is just Hello, Grandma, in English, not Hello, Abuela, as Cummins prefers Even if we accept this as poetic licence to add cultural texture, she does it poorly, never using Mexican Spanish terms, just sterile, standard ones If you re going to add spice, make it chile, Jeanine Actual examples of Spanish are wooden and odd, as if generated by Google Translate and then smoothed slightly by a line editor The Spanish is not idiomatic at all.Cultural references are often missed, and Lydia Quixano P rez what a name, huh is ignorant of things that any Mexican knows For example, learning a cartel leader is called La Lechuza which Cummins incorrectly glosses as the Owl Lydia laughs Owls aren t scary, she insists.Now, a lechuza is a screech owl They have been feared throughout Mexico for literally THOUSANDS OF YEARS, considered harbingers of death, witches in disguise Lydia s reaction is that of the White readers, not actual Mexicans And this is just one of literally dozens of examples.People are stereotypes in this novel, participating in stereotypical activities quincea eras, for example They live in a flattened pastiche version of Mexico, a dark hellhole of the sort Trump rails against, geographically and culturally indistinct Lydia and Luca despite having money escape to the precious freedom of the US aboard La Bestia that dangerous, crime infested train because of COURSE they do But they don t suffer the maiming, abuse, theft, and rape so common on that gang controlled artery to the border It s all very Hollywood, very best selling thriller And the characters Gah I am close friends with people from all social classes in Mexico, including light skinned, middle class, book loving women like the protagonist ostensibly is But none of the peculiarities of those lives and experiences make their way into this novel Instead, Lydia and Luca feel like a White US mother and her son, with nominally Mexican names slapped on, sprinkled with a bit of lime and salt They could easily appear in a Gillian Flynn novel with little adjustment at all Further, Cummins clearly wants us to be startled at how erudite and elegant some of the males are OMG Really I imagine some US reader gasping In Mexico Aren t all men uncouth swarthy beasts And frankly, I ve barely scratched the surface here Setting aside the melodramatic plot and mediocre writing, there is so muchto say, especially about how this book which the editor characterizes as a portrait of a nation and a people under siege does little to explore the complicity of the US in the violence wracking Mexico In avoiding politics, Cummins ends up implicitly blaming the victim.Let me be clear because American Dirt contains multiple inaccuracies and distortions, the White US readership in particular will come away with a stylized understanding of the issues from a melodramatic bit of literary pulp that frankly appears to have been drafted with their tastes in mind rather than the authentic voices of Mexicanas and Chicanas.Ah, and there s the rub White folks and other non Mexican Americans in the US you CANNOT judge for yourselves whether American Dirt is authentic You re going to have to trust Mexicans and Chicanx folks I know that runs counter to the upbringing of so many I know it defies our national discourse Pero ni modo That s too bad.At a time when Mexico and the Mexican American community are reviled in this country as they haven t been in decades, to elevate this inauthentic book written by someone outside our community is to slap our collective face.Books I suggest reading instead of or in conversation with American Dirt Reyna Grande Dream Called Home Distance Between Us Luis Urrea Devil s Highway, Into the Beautiful North Cristina Henr quez Book of Unknown Americans Ana Raquel Minian Undocumented Lives Anabel Hern ndez Massacre in Mexico Guadalupe Garc a McCall All the Stars Denied Yuri Herrera Signs Preceding the End of the World Valeria Luiselli Tell Me How It Ends Oscar C sares Where We Come From Alfredo Corchado Homelands Javier Zamora Unaccompanied Daniel Pe a Bang Sylvia Z leny The Everything I Have Lost Sara Uribe Ant gona Gonz lez Silvia Moreno Garc a Untamed ShoreRead the full version of this review here s my follow up discussion of Cummins enablers s my article in the NEW YORK TIMES diving even deeper into the source and repercussions of the controversy s my fourth piece, American Dirt Dignity Equity

  2. says:

    What a mind blowing beginning of a book A mother, Lydia and her little boy, Luca hid themselves in the bathtub for not being other victims of family massacre The contract killers most dangerous drug lord s dirtbags kept looking for them, firing their guns, calling their names And finally they thought they were not at the house so they left the place and 16 innocent victims behind Now mother and her son have to leave the country for staying alive because one of the powerful men is chasing th What a mind blowing beginning of a book A mother, Lydia and her little boy, Luca hid themselves in the bathtub for not being other victims of family massacre The contract killers most dangerous drug lord s dirtbags kept looking for them, firing their guns, calling their names And finally they thought they were not at the house so they left the place and 16 innocent victims behind Now mother and her son have to leave the country for staying alive because one of the powerful men is chasing them and he is determined to finish his massacre that he already started The man, Javier Crespo Fuentes, once upon a time he was her friend They talked about books, shared their secrets, formed a close relationship till one day Lydia s reporter husband Sebastian wrote an article about Javier The day the article had published their life s direction had also traumatically changed So now, Lydia s husband, mother, sister and her children are dead Only she and her son stayed alive from vengeful attack of the cartel And now their thrilling, heartbreaking, dangerous journey begins They race against the time, authorities and killers at the same time So keep still at the edge of your seats and take deep breathes to calm your nerves This book will increase your heart rates and blow your mind by making you agitated, anxious but stop squirming nervously, just keep on reading, don t you want to know what will happen to those innocent mother and her brilliant, smart son Let me tell you something, they say destination not important but the journey but this time it works quite opposite at this book because throughout this long journey, the mother and son walked, hid, slept in different places, ran from dangerous people, jumped into the trains, put their lives in danger, met with different people who had amazing experiences and life stories This journey makes you up all night to read , learn , ache , fists clenched, eyes filled in tears You whisper prayers slowly to wish the characters can escape from the real monsters are living in our modern world Not only mother and son but the people they ve met especially the sisters helped them will always stay in my heart and soul forever because they re so realistically developed, well build characters who have heart wrenching stories I think instead of the beginning of this story, author s note part is also impressive It summarizes all those people including me who came to this land to chase their dreams, deal with our disappointments and learn from our mistakes to try again On the border wall of Tijuana, there is wonderful piece of graffiti When the author feel faltered or discouraged, she clicks to her desktop and look at those words On this side, too, there are dreams Everyone has different dreams but sometimes making too many sacrifices and leaving your old lives and old selves behind might be too tough and compelling for you so sometimes you just procrastinate or give up on them This book could be dedicated to the dreamers who are brave enough to leave, who have nothing to lose, make so much sacrifices and pay so many dues to fight with everything they have and finally reach their destinations Maybe it is too early to say that but I think this will be one of the most stunning, impressive and fascinating readings of 2020.Special thanks to Netgalley and Flatiron Book for sharing this amazing ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review

  3. says:

    Ok seems like a bunch of privileged let me show you how woke I am white people have decided they can speak for the Latin community Surprise asshats, I am of Mexican and Native American blood This is a work of FICTION Google it if you don t understand The author owes you nada Move on Get over yourself Fuck off.To say that a non Latina has no right to write about Latin issues is absurd Tell that to all of the writers of WWII fiction Again with that word fiction Any book that shines lig Ok seems like a bunch of privileged let me show you how woke I am white people have decided they can speak for the Latin community Surprise asshats, I am of Mexican and Native American blood This is a work of FICTION Google it if you don t understand The author owes you nada Move on Get over yourself Fuck off.To say that a non Latina has no right to write about Latin issues is absurd Tell that to all of the writers of WWII fiction Again with that word fiction Any book that shines light on a dark subject is a good thing Any book that gets people talking about the plight of others is a good thing You caucasians leaving comments purporting to speak for people of color is fucking hilarious Hypocrite much As for your comments about Crawdads No I haven t read it which I stated in my review but that doesn t make me ignorant of the fact that it was top of the bestsellers list since it s debut Jfc go read a book.I ve given my last fuck ____________________________Original Review No doubt this will be THE book of 2020.The Where The Crawdads Sing book of 2020.I ve never read Crawdads and I wouldn t have read American Dirt if not so kindly offered the opportunity by the publisher This is so far from my usual genre.Give me a thriller any day.I want to feel compelled to flip the pages while balancing on the edge of my seat.I want to lose sleep because I can t put a book down, a heart racing, just onechapter type of story AND THAT S EXACTLY WHAT I GOT WITH THIS BOOK.This book was nothing like what I was expecting and everything I could ever hope for Cummins has written a gripping and compelling narrative that every American should read Unfortunately, those that need this message the most will refuse this book out of spite and or the inability to read If that statement offends you, then you are exactly who it is directed towards Thank you Hachette Australia for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  4. says:

    I wish I could give this book negative stars because it is, as its title attests, dirt It is also profoundly racist Here is my essay about the dissent surrounding this book, dissent that is being erased, disappeared and silenced I wish I could give this book negative stars because it is, as its title attests, dirt It is also profoundly racist Here is my essay about the dissent surrounding this book, dissent that is being erased, disappeared and silenced

  5. says:

    Nope Nope

  6. says:

    horribly racist book abt mexico written by a white lady sooooooooooooooooo tired of yts pretending like they understand stop telling our stories through your horribly racist oppressive lenses please read a real review horribly racist book abt mexico written by a white lady sooooooooooooooooo tired of yts pretending like they understand stop telling our stories through your horribly racist oppressive lenses please read a real review

  7. says:

    YESYESYES READ IT That beginning is gripping The most anticipated novel for 2020 has the word controversy around it.I wasn t even aware of the controversial issues until yesterday As pure FICTION it s sooooo engaging In a different life, he could have been someone good This isn t a different life Much to engage your thinkingHow in the world does one debate the degrees of violence This novel GRABS OUR ATTENTION.It changes something inside us Plus It s not easy to YESYESYES READ IT That beginning is gripping The most anticipated novel for 2020 has the word controversy around it.I wasn t even aware of the controversial issues until yesterday As pure FICTION it s sooooo engaging In a different life, he could have been someone good This isn t a different life Much to engage your thinkingHow in the world does one debate the degrees of violence This novel GRABS OUR ATTENTION.It changes something inside us Plus It s not easy to stop thinking about the characters and all they were dealing with I can t think of any relationshipprimal than a mother child one I thought about How does fear, grief, love, irrational lovejustify our actions How do we deal with the complexity of good and evil mixed with love The controversy over American Dirt , is becoming as interesting as this novel itself Has me pondering both sides However,a book that stirs our emotions and thoughts, as much as this book does..is definitely BUZZ WORTHY and for lack of a better word entertaining.in a gripping reading way I ve experienced being on both sides of positive negative books.heated debates a couple of times In Baby Teeth , by Zoje Stage, I was on the negative side A New York newspaper quoted me as calling it fiction nonsense Many readers praised it with high ratings What was garbage to me was fascinating for others In American Dirt I m on the positive side The storytelling is addicting..thought provoking.compassionately well written.and timely The hype started out graduallyand gradually continued to grow Negative reviews started graduallybut then..the controversy wheel , kicked in fastfaster than all the tea made in China There are several Dunkin Slam nasty comments about this book Things I hadn t thought about Even being a new Oprah pick is controversial But maybe that happens often with Oprah picks Comparison to The Grapes of Wrath.as the new modern American novel..is also creating debatable conversations I definitely see the comparison understand it anyway I just think and agree , that people who loved this novel as I did and for many reasons are TRYING to express how powerful and real this book feels So. Why the extreme divisions on this book Why all the attention Perhaps all sides are coming from the same place People care Our tender sensitive sides don t want to see others suffer, be abused, treated unfairly, or killed In my opinion Any die hard reader , would be a fool not to investigate all the hullabaloo.surrounding American Dirt One needs to read it first Two thumbs up from me I lost two nights of sleep.Daytime plans were canceled Read with urgency.A little question for those who have read it What book do you think inspired Luca to talk Guesses And to everyone else.What book would you like to read over and change the ending to be happier 5 riveting and extraordinary

  8. says:

    DNF the audiobook free review copy from Libro.fm at 15% for various reasons including overly dramatic writing that doesn t fit my reading preferences, major representation issues and perpetuation of racist stereotypes ETA I encourage readers to find books about this issue thataccurately depict Mexico and the immigrant experience One excellent option would be this one

  9. says:

    UPDATE I read this book in early fall 2019, before important critiques and interviews were published Some commenters have helpfully linked those in comments so you can see some of what I m referencing I ve cleared my star rating I m listening, I m learning, I m asking questions I considered deleting my original review for now I m leaving it below I thought this was absolutely fantastic and I can t wait for everyone I know to read it so we can talk about it together If you follow me, you UPDATE I read this book in early fall 2019, before important critiques and interviews were published Some commenters have helpfully linked those in comments so you can see some of what I m referencing I ve cleared my star rating I m listening, I m learning, I m asking questions I considered deleting my original review for now I m leaving it below I thought this was absolutely fantastic and I can t wait for everyone I know to read it so we can talk about it together If you follow me, you know I have a sweet spot for what I like to call compulsively readable literary fiction This is it

  10. says:

    I wanted to read this novel because of the praise and high ratings by a number of my trusted Goodreads friends Then just before I started to read it, I became aware of the criticisms in both the literary and press at large and I made the decision not to read anyof those articles until I finished the book You ll have to read the criticisms for yourself and decide whether you think the book is worth reading In spite of everything said about the novel, I found it to be riveting, informativ I wanted to read this novel because of the praise and high ratings by a number of my trusted Goodreads friends Then just before I started to read it, I became aware of the criticisms in both the literary and press at large and I made the decision not to read anyof those articles until I finished the book You ll have to read the criticisms for yourself and decide whether you think the book is worth reading In spite of everything said about the novel, I found it to be riveting, informative, suspenseful, heartbreaking and hard to put down It s 400 pages and I read it in two days It s the harrowing journey of migrants from Mexico, running for their lives, not to find a better life withopportunity, but running to save their lives There s so much out there on this, you can easily find enough on the plot and characters, so I m not going to talk about those here I will say that the grief, the fear, the uncertainty, what people will do to save their loved ones and themselves was impactful I found the last third of the book especially gripping There are very few perfect books and few that meet up to the hype While this isn t one of them, I think this novel has a lot to offer Some of the criticisms may certainly be valid, but they didn t diminish the importance or relevance of the story, at least not for me If nothing else, hopefully productive conversations and awareness will be generated about the issues that the critics raise, as well as the timely issue of immigration I read this with Diane and Esil and I so much appreciated having them to discuss this with

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