American Dirt -
American Dirt -

American Dirt

The heartstopping read that will live with you for ever

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'Breathtaking... I haven't been so entirely consumed by a book for years' Telegraph 'I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett An extraordinary story of the lengths a mother will go to to save her son, AMERICAN DIRT has sold over a million copies worldwide. It's time to read what you've been missing. Lydia Perez owns a bookshop in Acapulco, Mexico, and is married to a fearless journalist. Luca, their eight-year-old son, completes the picture. But it only takes a bullet to rip them apart. In a city in the grip of a drug cartel, friends become enemies overnight, and Lydia has no choice but to flee with Luca at her side. North for the border... whatever it takes to stay alive. The journey is dangerous - not only for them, but for those they encounter along the way. Who can be trusted? And what sacrifices is Lydia prepared to make.

Product code: 9781472261403

ISBN 9781472261403
On Sale Date 23/02/2021
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H134xW192xS28
No. Of Pages 480
Publisher Headline Publishing Group
Heartstopping... doesn't let up... you will urge them on, fists clenched' The Times An extraordinary story of the lengths a mother will go to to save her son, AMERICAN DIRT has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. It's time to read what you've been missing. Lydia Perez owns a bookshop in Acapulco, Mexico, and is married to a fearless journalist. Luca, their eight-year-old son, completes the picture. But it only takes a bullet to rip them apart. In a city in the grip of a drug cartel, friends become enemies overnight, and Lydia has no choice but to flee with Luca at her side. North for the border... whatever it takes to stay alive. The journey is dangerous - not only for them, but for those they encounter along the way. Who can be trusted? And what sacrifices is Lydia prepared to make? *An Instant New York Times #1 Bestseller* *An Instant Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller* *Over 2 million copies sold globally* *A Richard and Judy Bookclub Pick* *An Oprah's Book Club Pick* *A BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime*

Customer Reviews

3 reviews
Right from the get-go this story has rising momentum and drama.

John, Glenfield Paper Plus - January 2020

Right from the get-go this story has rising momentum and drama. It is desperately compelling as you follow the central character and the people that join her on their migrant journey to escape to safety to a country that is not necessarily welcoming. I also enjoyed the stories of the human kindness and the level of trust migrants have to place in other people who can control their fate.

A book you won’t want to put down from the action packed first page.

Peter, Paper Plus - January 2020

A book you won’t want to put down from the action packed first page. A captivating story about a wife, a mum who after a shootout which saw her family massacred in front of her, grabbed her son and traveled through Mexico to get to the border to escape the man and cartel who wanted them both dead as well. A thriller from start to finish with Lydia never losing the will and strength to save herself and son. A great read.

It’s a gut-wrenching ride, and a brilliant read, exciting and shocking in equal parts.

Fiona, Paper Plus - January 2020

This book by Jeanine Cummins grabs you by the throat from page one, and the pace doesn’t let up until the very last page. Based in Acapulco, the story follows Lydia, a bookstore owner, and her son Luca. One day a man enters her bookstore and chooses a couple of her favourite books – and Lydia is charmed by this man’s intelligence, charm and charisma. Unbeknownst to Lydia, Javier is the head of a powerful drug cartel, and is responsible for many horrific gang killings in Acapulco. When Lydia’s journalist husband publishes an expose of Javier, the gang lord’s response is both swift and brutal. This is a story of Lydia and Luca’s flight north to safety in the US, their courage, determination, self-belief, sacrifice and humanity. It’s a gut-wrenching ride, and a brilliant read, exciting and shocking in equal parts. Highly recommended.