American Dirt

American Dirt

Downloadable Audiobook - 2020
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Publisher: Macmillan,, 2020.
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781250260604
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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May 26, 2020

This book starts out with a bang, literally, but then carries readers on a less and less believable journey. I totally get why Latino writers are annoyed that a white woman gets to tell the story of migrants fleeing gang violence in Latin America while Latino writers can't get the time of day from major publishers.

A decent read, but not as interesting as the controversy surrounding it.

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 25, 2020

This controversial Contemporary Fiction is both compelling and thought-provoking. Because reader reviews are so polarized on this book, this author, and this topic (immigration), it is sure to generate lively conversation and debate.

Jan 22, 2020

A book about Mexican migrants by someone who has no experience with the people or experiences. This book shouldn't have been greenlit for this writer. The publisher should've let someone with the right background write it instead of making more room for another white writer.


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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 25, 2020

As Rebeca reveals what scraps of story she does have to Luca, he starts to understand that this is the one thing all migrants have in common, this is the solidarity that exists among them, though they all come from different places and different circumstances, some urban, some rural, some middle-class, some poor, some well educated, some illiterate, Salvadoran, Honduran, Guatemalan, Mexican, Indian, each of them carries some story of suffering on top of that train and into el norte beyond. Some, like Rebeca, share their stories carefully, selectively, finding a faithful ear and then chanting their words like prayers. Other migrants are like blown-open grenades, telling their anguish compulsively to everyone they meet, dispensing their pain like shrapnel so they might one day wake to find their burdens have grown lighter. Luca wonders what it would feel like to blow up like that. But for now he remains undetonated, his horrors sealed tightly inside, his pin fixed snugly in place.


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