The unforgettable story of a mother and son fleeing a drug-cartel to cross the US-Mexico border.'I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it' – Ann Patchett'One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy' – Stephen KingFear keeps them running. Hope keeps them alive.Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, American Dirt is the first novel to explore the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border. Described as 'A Grapes of Wrath for our times' (Don Winslow) it is a story that will leave you utterly changed.Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop. Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist. Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world.Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left.For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg. For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train. For him, she will find the strength to keep running.