Monday February 17, 2020

Off Message: Are novelists no longer allowed to make up stories?

Author Jeanine Cummins, whose brilliant novel American Dirt centres around her Mexican characters’ quest to get into America, has been accused of cultural appropriation. But surely the whole point of fiction is to imagine worlds outside our own experience?

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

@nadineoregan
26th January, 2020
Oprah Winfrey enraged the Culture Police by selecting American Dirt as her Book Club pick

I love a novel that sucks me in completely. When I read, I want to be in a world that overwhelms me. I want to lift off from the grey, rainy days of Dublin, and escape into a character's mindset and life journey. That's what happened to me recently, with Jeanine Cummins’s brilliant new novel American Dirt.

It's the story of a mother and child, who – in the first chapter – lose...

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