Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

American-Dirt-by-Jeanine-CumminsBlurb from Goodreads

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez 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 a few 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.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

Why I Want To Read It

Oh, I didn’t realize that Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt was published just this year! I am surprised it didn’t come out when I was researching for books to include in my 2020 Books I Look Forward To. Cummins’ fourth work, it feels like it is a timely and relevant work considering the precarious relationship between the United States and Mexico.

But what really drew me towards the book? What actually caught my attention is the controversy that the book’s publication stirred. I don’t have any iota on what the controversy is about but I have no intention of researching on it until I read the book. I don’t want to have any prejudice when I read the book. It was so noisy that it caught my attention. My interest piqued, there is just no way I am not going to jump into the bandwagon. I hope it lives up to the hype.

Happy first day of the week everyone! I hope you’re all safe! Good luck for the rest of the week!