“American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins, is an appropriate read for this time in history. It is the riveting story of a mother and son, Lydia and Luca, who are forced to flee the savageness of the Mexican drug cartel after their lives have been altered forever.
With each page, the reader experiences the perils that must be felt by migrants in flight. Although the reader is discouraged at times by the horrors that Lydia and Luca must endure, we are still left with the belief that there are more good people in this world than bad.
This book shines a light on the plight of migrants as they move toward the US-Mexican border. But it also speaks to the power of hope. “American Dirt” will leave you changed. It is one of the most important books for our times.
“American Dirt” is available at the Huron County Library in several formats and on cloudLibrary (also in audio format).