I know that half of the world right now is in complete confusion,anxiety and fear. And we are in need for happy stories, but let me tell you this, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is a book that will change you.
I read American Dirt at the beginning of lockdown, when fear was at its peak. And I realised that there are so many things we should be grateful for everyday, basic things, that we forget to acknowledge. Everyone was complaining about staying home, even though we had running water, electricity and food to eat. We forgot that many people don’t have that and are struggling everyday. We were not being chased by a drug cartel, having to ride on top of a train and having to hide constantly with no food to eat, nor water to drink as we pleased. Thank you, Jeanne Cummins for opening my eyes!
It is a difficult book to digest, but worth reading 100%. Some reviewers said the book was not depicting the truth from the perspective of migrant, but you know what? I didn’t feel that. I felt pain and u derstanding, I felt struggle and hope. Because at the end of the day, it’s not always about facts. Feelings are more important and if this book made you see the world through a different light, then the mission is accomplished.
I give the book 5 stars and totally recommend it.