The last thing I’m going to do is review a book I’ve not read.
Plenty of people are pouncing all over “American Dirt,” especially Latino writers. They don’t need another old white guy to wade in.
The major complaints seem to be around author Jeanine Cummins’ tone-deaf characterizations of immigrants, Mexicans mostly. Her characters could have been more nuanced, more richly detailed, less stereotypical, the critics say.
Some also resent that she made an extraordinary amount of money for writing this story, as though her seven-figure payoff sucked the oxygen right out of the cultural-literary writing room — money that maybe could have gone to authentic Latin/Mexican writers.