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What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!

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Big Lies in a Small Town

Southern indie booksellers are buzzing about: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Flatiron Books | List Price: $27.99.

The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

...Propelled by fear and weighing the terror of what lies behind you against what lies ahead of you, to what lengths would you go to ensure the survival of your child? The urgent and precise prose forbids you to stop reading until the end, then lingers long afterward.

WordsWorth Books, Little Rock, AR

This is a gripping novel of loss, love, incredible bravery as a Mexican woman and her young son are forced to leave their home in Acapulco and, fearing for their lives, make the perilous journey north to the US...[A] literary novel with the pacing and action of a thriller.

Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Cummins has written a real tour de force with American Dirt. The story follows Lydia and her son as they run north to the US to escape the drug cartel leader who killed the rest of their family in Mexico. But it becomes something much more universal as it explores the journey that so many migrants have undertaken, whether in search of jobs or a better life or to escape certain death, and all the ways that this journey can impact lives.

Novel, Memphis, TN

An incredibly important novel with beautiful, real characters. A truly human story. This is indeed a story that needs to be told through as many voices as possible.

Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

...American Dirt is a raw exploration into the lives of people willing to sacrifice everything for a chance at happiness. You will not be able to put this book down as you become entranced in their important book demanding our attention with stories of drama and humanity. You will not want to put this down unless it is to share with a friend so you can talk about it