American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins has been the most talked about novel of the new decade so far (though keep in mind that I’m writing this in January 2020), for both good reasons and bad. Not many people have a more informed perspective on the controversy swirling around American Dirt, the wildly hyped best-selling novel about a Mexican mother and her son escaping to the United States, than Latino writer Dariel Suarez.. American Dirt’s author, Jeanine Cummins, identifies herself as white and Latina.She received a seven-figure advance for her … The release of Jeanine Cummins' new novel, American Dirt, on Tuesday was paired with the announcement of it receiving the much-coveted honor of being Oprah Winfrey's book club pick. "My Dark Vanessa" is no longer the pick after the book also came in for some controversy of its own. The new novel American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, officially released on January 21, was anointed the biggest book of the season well before it came out.. American Dirt first landed on the desks of editors in the spring of 2018. It was sold in what was reported to be a seven-figure deal and has a movie in the works. The controversy about American Dirt feels intramural by comparison.The novel is a fast-frothing thriller about Lydia, a bourgeois Mexican bookseller, and … Latinx authors, poets, and more had plenty of criticism to offer regarding Cummins' book, raising questions about identity, … The criticism … But on the internet and beyond, controversy was brewing. “American Dirt,” published last week, is a fast-paced novel about a mother-and-son pair of migrants on the run from murderous drug lords. Inevitably, that led the book’s supporters to … As the criticism mounted, American Dirt’s publisher cancelled the author’s book tour last week. After coming in for criticism about her decision to review "American Dirt" for "Oprah's Book Club," Oprah has decided to re-think the book she chose to review in March. While Jeanine Cummins’ novel American Dirt continues to stir controversy, Sandra Cisneros has reaffirmed her support for the book.. During an interview with Maria Hinojosa for … It also received praise from a lot of big names like Stephen King, Sandra Cisneros, Ophrah and various … "American Dirt," a novel that is Oprah Winfrey's latest book club pick, has sparked a bitter controversy over its author's identity and portrayal of … The answers to these questions begin with the publisher’s acquisition of American Dirt.Hype for the book began building as soon as it was bought by Flatiron for a seven-figure advance in 2018.