We are so delighted to be on hand for the Wilmette Public Library's annual One Book, Everybody Reads program with author Jeanine Cummins discussing and signing copies of her novel American Dirt at Wilmette Junior High School, 620 Locust Road in Wilmette on Saturday, May 9th, at 2 pm. We suggest arriving a bit early, as seating is first come, first served.
Funding for this free event is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.
About the Book: También de este lado hay sueños. On this side too, there are dreams.
Lydia Quixano Pérez 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 comfortable.
Even 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 same.
Forced 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?
American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.
Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.
"This novel is a heart-stopping story of survival, danger, and love..." --The New York Times
"Heartfelt and hopeful, American Dirt is a novel for our times. Thrilling, epic, and unforgettable...." --Esquire
"Stunning...remarkable....A novel as of the zeitgeist as any, American Dirt is also an account of love on the run that will never lose steam." --Vogue
"One of the most anticipated novels of the season." --Time
"I strive to write page-turners because I love to read them, and it's been a long time since I turned pages as fast as I did with American Dirt. Its plot is tight, smart, and unpredictable. Its message is important and timely, but not political. Its characters are violent, compassionate, sadistic, fragile, and heroic. It is rich in authenticity. Its journey is a testament to the power of fear and hope and belief that there are more good people than bad." --John Grisham
"American Dirt is both a moral compass and a riveting read. I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it." --Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dutch House and Commonwealth
"This extraordinary novel about unbreakable determination will move the reader to the core." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Lydia and Luca are utterly believable characters, and their breathtaking journey moves with the velocity and power of one of those freight trains. Intensely suspenseful and deeply humane, this novel makes migrants seeking to cross the southern U.S. border indelibly individual." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"American Dirt may be the don't-miss book of 2020." --Booklist (starred review)
About the Author: Jeanine Cummins is the author of the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch and the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
#1 New York Times Bestseller
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