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          Jeanine Cummins' migrant book 'American Dirt' is problematic; author's note makes it worse      

"American Dirt" (Flatiron, 400 pp., ★½ out of four) starts out as one hell of a thriller: At her niece’s quinceañera, Lydia’s entire family is slaughtered by a cartel: 16 people total, including her journalist husband, who had recently profiled the cartel’s leader, Javier – a man Lydia had unwittingly befriended and had only known as a bookish, bespectacled poet who frequented her little Acapulco bookstore, until her husband [...]


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