Despite the disastrous rollout of a book that had been advance-hyped by some as a Grapes of Wrath-level work of literature, Jeanine Cummins’s thriller about an Acapulco bookseller and her young son on the run from a drug cartel was the top-selling novel for adults of 2020. Here’s a report on how the rise and fall and rise of American Dirt happened: as one employee of the publisher put it, the particular circumstances “allowed for certain things to get out of hand.” – Vulture

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