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American dirt: a novel
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New York, New York : Macmillan Audio, [2019].
CD Unabridged
Physical Desc:
14 audio discs (17 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in.


#1 New York Times Bestseller

Extraordinary.”—Stephen King

“This book is not simply the great American novel; it’s the great novel of las Americas. It’s the great world novel! This is the international story of our times. Masterful.”—Sandra Cisneros

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 listeners utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity. 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.

"Narrator Yareli Arizmendi illuminates the humanity and individuality of Latin American migrants as they flee toward refuge in the North..The account of Lydia and Luca's travails, including terrifying rides atop Mexico's freight trains, is utterly compelling. But it is Arizmendi's voicing of Lydia, so full of fierce tenderness, that will stay with listeners after the story's close."—AudioFile Magazine

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General Note
Title from container.
Read by Yareli Arizmendi; author's note read by the author.
When her journalist husband writes a tell-all profile about an unexpectedly erudite drug-cartel boss, bookstore manager Lucia is forced to flee Mexico and finds her family among thousands of migrants seeking hope in America.


APA Citation (style guide)

Cummins, J., & Arizmendi, Y. (2019). American dirt: a novel. Unabridged. New York, New York, Macmillan Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Cummins, Jeanine and Yareli Arizmendi. 2019. American Dirt: A Novel. New York, New York, Macmillan Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Cummins, Jeanine and Yareli Arizmendi, American Dirt: A Novel. New York, New York, Macmillan Audio, 2019.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Cummins, Jeanine, and Yareli Arizmendi. American Dirt: A Novel. Unabridged. New York, New York, Macmillan Audio, 2019.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2022. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.

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