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Review: American Dirt

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"If there's one good thing about terror, Lydia now understands, it's that it's more immediate than grief. She knows that she will soon have to contend with what's happened, but for now, the possibility of what might happen still serves to anesthetize her from the worst of the anguish." - American Dirt

Imagine you are a wife and mother, a daughter and aunt. Imagine you own a successful bookstore in Acapulco, the famous vacation destination in Mexico. Imagine your husband is an investigative journalist who writes an article about the new cartel that has seized power in Acapulco's Guerrero state. Imagine what the terrifying consequences of this article could be? Welcome to the life of Lydia Quixano Perez and her eight-year-old son Luca. From that single article to a single afternoon's family birthday party, Lydia and Luca's lives are shattered in a terrifying opening chapter in which sixteen me…

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