“In a book both timely and prodigiously readable, Cummins offers an unrelenting and terrifyingly you-are-there account of a Mexican mother and son fleeing to America after cartel violence takes their entire family. ”

  — Library Journal (Starred)

“This extraordinary novel about unbreakable determination will move the reader to the core.”  

  — Publishers Weekly (Starred)

“Beautiful, straightforward language drives home the point that migration to safer places is not a political issue but a human one. [HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With a story line sure to be much discussed this election year—plus a film in the works—American Dirt may be the don’t-miss book of 2020.]”

  — Booklist (Starred) 

“From its heart-stopping first sentence to its heart-shattering last, Cummins’ story of immigrants is just what we need now. Gritty yet sensitive, realistic yet hopeful, grand and granular, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is a Grapes of Wrath for our times.”

Don Winslow, author of the New York Times bestseller The Border

American Dirt is an extraordinary piece of work, a perfect balancing act with terror on one side and love on the other. I defy anyone to read the first seven pages of this book and not finish it. The prose is immaculate, and the story never lets up. On a macro scale, this book will be an important voice in the discussion about immigration and los migrantes; it certainly puts the lie to the idea that we are being besieged by ‘bad hombres.’ On a micro scale—the story scale, where I like to live—it’s one hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy. It’s marvelous.”

Stephen King

American Dirt is both a moral compass and a riveting read. I couldn’t put it down. I’ll never stop thinking about it.”
Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dutch House and Commonwealth

“I strive to write page-turners because I love to read them, and it’s been a long time since I turned pages as fast as I did with American Dirt. Its plot is tight, smart, and unpredictable. Its message is important and timely, but not political. Its characters are violent, compassionate, sadistic, fragile, and heroic. It is rich in authenticity. Its journey is a testament to the power of fear and hope and belief that there are more good people than bad.”

John Grisham

“Great novels throw open the windows of a sleeping house, giving face and voice to what might otherwise remain unseen and making it impossible to look away. As All Quiet on the Western Front made flesh and blood the word ‘soldier’, American Dirt brings to life the nameless migrant, a word that lives mostly in numbers in the news. Here is the riveting story of a mother, her son, and the people they meet as they journey towards safety, a story that makes real the people who are walking toward the United States from Central America and Mexico, even as you read this sentence. Urgent and unforgettable, American Dirt leaps the borders of the page and demands attention, especially now.”

Sarah Blake, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Postmistress and The Guest Book

“This tough, powerful novel is an eye opener. It made me understand better why someone would give up the home they know and love to survive, and the grit required to cross that border. It is essential reading for our time.”

Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring

“Heartfelt and hopeful, American Dirt is a novel for our times. Thrilling, epic, and unforgettable….”

“Stunning…remarkable….A novel as of the zeitgeist as any, American Dirt is also an account of love on the run that will never lose steam.”