American Dirt follows bookstore owner Lydia Quixano Perez, who lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. Lydia’s comfortable world is turned upside down when her husband’s tell-all profile of Javier, a charming and erudite man who visits the bookshop, is published. Unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. Forced to flee, Lydia and her eight-year-old, Luca, soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page, Jeanine Cummins will leave readers utterly changed with her new novel.
Jeanine Cummins is the author of three books: the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch, and the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.