In the latest episode of Oprah’s Book Club, which debuted Friday on Apple TV+, she confronts drama of her own making: the outcry over the novel American Dirt.
David Bowles, a Mexican-American writer who criticized American Dirt and watched the episode Friday, said Grande, Arce, and Cepeda pushed Oprah and Miller to grapple with problem.
“When I read American Dirt, I never once questioned your right to tell this story,” Grande said to Cummins.
She knew writing American Dirt from a migrant’s point of view, without any personal firsthand experience, was an extremely risky choice, and that she might fail.
If Cummins did indeed build a bridge for some American Dirt readers in the audience, it wasn’t Oprah, but Grande instead, who showed them how to actually cross it.

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