“Day Crosser” highlights a poor migrant farming family from Mexico looking to escape the ruthless violence of the drug cartels. With a baby on the way, the couple hopes to start a new life in America – free from the fear and retribution by local crime lords.
A parallel storyline follows a recently discharged Afghanistan veteran suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and his journey for normalcy for his wife and young daughter. After being rejected for a career as a border patrol guard, he’s persuaded to join the local militia group headed by a retired LAPD police officer with a questionable past.
When these opposite worlds collide on a hot, desert mountain overlooking the Mexican/Arizona border, tragedy ensues. Can empathy overcome ignorance? Is there any hope?
Andy Kumpon is the Co-Founder of KillerBeam Entertainment. Kumpon has always been interested in sci-fi/horror/fantasy. He is a big fan of the old Godzilla movies, creature feature and of course "Star Wars" and the films of John Carpenter.
Kumpon moved to New York City in 2006 and worked in video production by partnering with and creating Malbec Gold Productions. One of the Co-founders of Terra FOSSIL Wines, Andy created Terra FOSSIL TV, which highlights Terra FOSSIL testimonials taken in-and-around New York City which netted millions of views.
An award-winning filmmaker with 20 years experience in all facets of film/video production (writing, directing, editing, composing, marketing), he has worked on several independent series/films/productions in Seattle, L.A., and N.Y. His short supernatural thriller KNIT (2016), a proof of concept for a feature film of the same name has won numerous festival awards. And he most recently finished a spiritual drama titled "More Time".
Kumpon has several feature length screenplays he is looking to develop, namely his upcoming Sci-Fi, zombie epic "Seeds Of The Dead" featuring a take on GMO, and his Action/Sci-Fi screenplay "The Pit", which he plans on adapting into a Graphic Novel sometime in 2020. He also wants to adapt "Day Crosser" into a film. He is of Mexican/American descent.
ABOUT THE CO-AUTHOR
Greg Leib is a former investment banker turned entrepreneur. He founded BNK Invest INC, Market News Video and Terra Fossil Wines. A transplant from San Francisco and New York City, Greg is now currently living in Tucson Arizona. He is very interested the current crisis at the Mexican/American border.
The story for "Day Crosser" was inspired when Greg attended the The Writers Studio Tucson in 2018. With an idea for a story on paper, he tapped into friend and screenwriter Andy Kumpon to write both a screenplay and novelette. Both Greg and Andy hope to adapt "Day Crosser" into a film.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Bill Armstrong is long-retired from Denver Public Schools, where he implemented and managed information technology. He has a bachelor's degree in geology and a master's in public administration. He has written and illustrated children's books, and contributed stories, profiles and opinion pieces to a number of magazines and newspapers.
“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.”
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.