A white lady wrote a book about Mexican migrants and all hell done broke loose. The novel, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, was hyped to the hilt by its publisher and the author was given a staggering seven figure advance. AD has received harsh criticism from many Mexican and Latinx writers who’ve called it exploitative and phony, and that the book’s success is indicative of deeper issues of representation and appropriation within the publishing industry (via New York Times). Then Oprah chose it for her book club selection and all hell done broke even looser. Well, The Mighty O has spoken. According to Jezebel, she’s heard the complaints (just like she heard the complaints of 50 cent and Russel Simmons), and is ready to address them at her next book club meeting which will air exclusively on Apple TV+.
January 27, 2020 / Posted by: Mieka