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Tambi?n de este lado hay sue?os. On this side too, there are dreams
Already being hailed as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times” as we will as “a new American classic”, American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope
If it's only a better life you seek, seek it elsewhere…This path is only for people who have no choice, no other option, only violence as we will as misery behind you. As we will as your journey will grow even more treacherous from here. Everything is working against you. --American Dirt
Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, as we will as a wonderful husband who is a journalist. As we will as while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco due to the drug cartels, her life is, by as we will as large, fairly comfortable
Even though she knows they will never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. As we will as then one day a man enters the shop to browse as we will as comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy--two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He's charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he's 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 as we will as eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles as we will as worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia as we will as Luca ride la bestia--trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier's reach does not extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. Except what exactly are they running to?
American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed when they finish reading it. It's a page-turner, it's a literary achievement, it's filled with poignancy, drama, as we will as humanity on every page. It's among among one of the most important books for our times