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A novel of terror and hope on the Mexican-American border

1 February 2020

9:00 AM

1 February 2020

9:00 AM

American Dirt Jeanine Cummins

Tinder Press, pp.480, £14.99

Lydia and Luca are hiding in the shower room of their home while 16 members of her family are murdered. Lydia’s husband, a journalist, wrote about the latest drugs cartel in Acapulco and now, to stay alive, the mother and small son must disappear to America. Instead of the middle-class life Lydia has enjoyed as a bookshop owner, she and Luca must become one of those nameless, desperate migrants against whom President Trump vows to build his wall.

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