#1 New York Times Bestseller
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK

“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 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.

#1 New York Times Bestseller
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK

“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

La historia de la huida desesperada de una madre y su hijo desde Acapulco rumbo a Estados Unidos, perseguidos por un cartel de narcos.

Lydia Quijano Pérez vive en Acapulco, México, donde regenta una librería. Tiene un hijo de ocho años, Luca, el amor de su vida, y un maravilloso esposo que es periodista. Y aunque la situación en Acapulco comienza a agrietarse debido a los cárteles de la droga, Lydia lleva una vida confortable.

Un día llega un hombre a la librería y compra cuatro libros, entre los que se encuentran dos de las obras favoritas de Lydia, que pensaba que nunca se iban a vender. Javier es erudito y encantador. Lo que Lydia no sabe es que es también el jefe del nuevo cártel que se ha apoderado de la ciudad. Cuando el esposo de Lydia publica un revelador artículo sobre Javier en el periódico local, la vida de Lydia y su familia cambiará para siempre.

Forzados a huir y convertidos en migrantes, Lydia y Luca pronto se encuentran a kilómetros de su cómoda existencia. Viajan en La Bestia, nombre con el que se conocen los trenes que se dirigen hacia Estados Unidos, el único lugar donde Javier no podrá encontrarlos. Cuando se unen a las innumerables personas que intentan llegar al norte, Lydia se da cuenta de que todos huyen de algo. Pero ¿hacia qué huyen exactamente?

La crítica ha dicho:
«Una obra extraordinaria, con el perfecto equilibrio entre, por un lado, el terror, y por otro, el amor. Reto a cualquiera a leer las primeras siete páginas de este libro y no terminarlo.»
Stephen King

«Desde la primera e impactante frase, hasta la última y desgarradora que cierra el libro, la historia de Cummins sobre la inmigración, es exactamente lo que necesitamos ahora mismo. Cruda pero sensible, realista pero esperanzadora, amplia pero detallista, En tierra americana de Jeannine Cummis es Las uvas de la ira de nuestra época.»
Don Winslow

«Un lenguaje hermoso y directo para contarnos cómo la emigración a lugares más seguros no es un tema político sino humano. En tierra americana probablemente será el libro que no te puedes perder del año 2020.»
Booklist

«Esta extraordinaria novela sobre la determinación más inquebrantable conmoverá al lector hasta lo más hondo.»
Publishers Weekly

«El polémico número 1 del New York Times»
Stephen King

«Reto a cualquiera a leer las primeras siete páginas de este libro y no terminarlo»
Stephen King

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