The ‘American Dirt’ Controversy

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Published on 30 Jan 2020, 23:31
The novel American Dirt recently got the coveted Oprah seal of approval, but such acclaim was soon followed by heavy criticism from Latino reviewers and readers who said the book relied heavily on stereotypes and overwrought tropes about the immigrant experience. In for Jim Braude, Adam Reilly was joined by Tanya Pérez-Brennan, a freelance journalist who is now working on a novel; Nina MacLaughlin, author and book columnist for The Boston Globe; and Andre Dubus III, author of multiple books, including The House Of Sand And Fog.