American Dirt Discussion

Pageturners enjoyed a lively discussion about American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins in March. It is a fiction story about a mother and son on the run from a drug cartel in Mexico.

Comments included: ”enjoyed it, ignorant of the controversy, beginning quite violent, wanted to read on, it was brutal, it was a coincidence that Jaivier visited the bookshop, guilt theme runs through the book, books used as devices, people are jealous of the money the author made, book didn’t work for me, the use of Spanish was interesting, it was educational, I learnt things, the corruption was relentless, an example of cultural misappropriation, shone a light on the life of illegal immigrants,  there were many random acts of kindness, it is a complex issue, the best part was the writer explained why she wrote the book., it exposed us to cliched people, people were profiting from human tragedy, there were goodies and baddies, it is about a mother’s love for her son, it raises the question what would you do in that situation? I enjoyed the drama, it contained different voices, some more credible than others, about real people with back stories of injustice, about human misery.”

Read more about the book controversy and apologies from the publisher.

Read more about writing outside identity.

Pageturners rated it from 2 to 4.5 so a wide scope of opinion.

Our next Pageturners discussion will be held online via Zoom Technology on Wednesday 8 April at 5.30pm for 40 minutes to talk about A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Please download the free Zoom App to your phone, tablet or laptop. Register with Eventbrite that you will be attending via Zoom and we will send you the link to click onto. If you need any assistance with Zoom please call Jasmine on 6393 8125.

Keep your fingers crossed and we hope the technology works as they are experiencing a huge volume of online sessions.

Talk to you all soon. Take care, Jasmine

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