White Latina author's novel unleashes fierce debate and criticism

A new novel about a woman and her young son's harrowing trek across the U.S.-Mexico border, an Oprah Book Club pick, has drawn praise from several literary figures, but it has also stirred fierce debate after being slammed as stereotypical and racist.

What's more, the hype around Jeanine Cummins’ “American Dirt” has unleashed a firestorm on social media about who gets to write about the migrant Latino experience and the realities in Mexico — and whether the publishing industry favors certain authors and narratives to tell these stories. READ MORE AT NBC NEWS

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