American Dirt

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What to expect

‘I couldn’t put it down. I’ll never stop thinking about it’ Ann Patchett
‘One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy’ Stephen King


Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is the first novel to explore the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border. Described as ‘A Grapes of Wrath for our times’ (Don Winslow) 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.

(P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Critics Review

  • Devastating and timely… its hard to imagine there will be a more urgent or politically relevant novel this year

  • 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
  • Heartstoppingdoesn’t let up… you will urge them on, fists clenched

    The Times
  • Stunning… remarkable… an account of love on the run that will never lose steam

  • This might be the first book many people read this year… it might also be the best

    Irish Times
  • Taut, tough, visceral, savage and exhilaratingly written


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