Book Review: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Book Review: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Jeanine Cummins' novel, "American Dirt" hit the proverbial jackpot when it received the Oprah bump a few weeks back, selected as a 2020 Book Club read.

It has also been at the center of a publishing firestorm, which is well summarized here. The story of a Mexican woman and her young son on the run from a cartel boss, written not by a person of Mexican heritage, but of a white woman with Latin roots.

I bought the book a day before I started hearing and reading about the uproar. I debated whether or not to read it. But I forged ahead for two reasons — one, a friend asked me if I hadn't heard about the bad press, would I have read it (yes) and two, if I scrupulously vetted every book I read before I read it, I'd never get to actually reading a book.

I'm going to set the controversy aside for a moment to tell you what I think about the story itself. Then I'll circle back. Because it should be talked about.

You can read the entire review here.

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