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Fast Forward Friday: American Dirt

In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I’m using Fast-Forward Friday to drool over books that I’m waiting on to come out! In this one, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, I’m not alone in my drooling. Just look at the sheer number of bookstagrams about this – and it’s not even published yet!!!

Why wait on this one?

  • It’s set in Mexico City, and I am always more interested in books set in places I’ve never been. Or, really, books set anywhere I don’t know well, even if it’s still within the United States.
  • The story sounds intense, and moving, and like it will be the kind of writing that takes my breath away. I fully expect to have moments of heavy emotion and points where I have to take a break.
  • The guaranteed internal conflict of morality and desire. This promises exploration of the depths of people, where the redeeming aspects of a person clash with their worst actions, and make it hard to pass judgment on good and evil.


Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy–two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is 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.


Reader, traveler, photographer, and always looking to learn!

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