By Herta Feely
I heard quite a lot of the controversy swirling around this book and so wanted to read it even more and decide for myself. Having lived in South America for a six-month period and studied Latin American studies in college, and also having been an immigrant myself (from Europe), this book truly hit home for me. I loved it in nearly every way one can love a book. It had tension right off the bat, frightened the hell out of me, sometimes kept me anxiously awake at night so much so that I promised myself I wouldn't read it in the middle of the night again, ever, but then did. It had some wonderful characters I came to care a lot about. It taught me more about the arduous journey migrants, many of them running from violence or seeking a better life, face in trying to make their way to "American dirt." I felt the writing was fantastic. And I appreciated the many individuals and organizations, Cummins consulted in order to get this story right. In reading about the controversy, I became aware of some additional books on migration written by Latino writers that I plan to purchase. Please read this novel and appreciate the hard work that went into writing it. Then read more about this important issue in the writings of the many people who study the problem, live the problem, and those who are helping to mitigate the problems and dangers facing migrants.