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American Dirt


Jeanine Cummins


Fear keeps them running. Hope keeps the alive.

Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, American Dirt is the unforgettable story of a mother and son's attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. A sensation from the moment it published, it continues to create debate and ignite conversation globally.

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.

Jeanine Cummins is the author of three previous books, the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch, and one true crime work, A Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Category:  Fiction
ISBN:  9781472261403
Publisher:  Headline Publishing
On sale:  March 2021
List price:  R215 
Format:  Paperback
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