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'American Dirt' sparks conversations about the politics of fiction

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'American Dirt' sparks conversations about the politics of fiction

Jan 21 2020

Cummins’ novel, published Jan 21, about the border crisis has already sparked a cacophony of reactions from writers across the United States. Some have praised her for humanizing the migrant tale, and for sending a timely and important message to the world about the United States’ failing immigration policies. Others have said the book is riddled with stereotypes and clichés, that it’s inaccurate and an act of appropriation... In sum, the book has raised divisive questions about censorship, representation and the politics of fiction, homing in on a single dilemma: Who has the right to tell certain stories?

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American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins

"American Dirt is a Grapes of Wrath for our times."
—Don Winslow

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