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The Line Becomes a River

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The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú
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Feb 05, 2019 | ISBN 9780735217737
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Praise

“A must-read for anyone who thinks “build a wall” is the answer to anything.” —Esquire

“Fresh, urgent…A devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Cantú’s rich prose and deep empathy make this an indispensable look at one of America’s most divisive issues.”  —Publisher’s Weekly (starred)

“There is a line dividing what we know and do not know.  Some see the world from one shore and some from the other.  Cantú brings the two together to a spiritual whole.  My gratitude for this work of the soul.”  —Sandra Cisneros

“A beautiful, fiercely honest, and nevertheless deeply empathetic look at those who police the border and the migrants who risk – and lose — their lives crossing it. In a time of often ill-informed or downright deceitful political rhetoric, this book is an invaluable corrective.” —Phil Klay, author of Redeployment

“Francisco Cantu’s story is a lyrical journey that helps bridge the jagged line that divides us from them. His empathy reminds us of our humanity — our immigrant history — at a critical time.” Alfredo Corchado, journalist, author of Midnight in Mexico

“Cantú’s story, and intelligent and humane perspective, should mortify anyone who ever thought building a wall might improve our lot. He advocates for clarity and compassion in place of xenophobia and uninformed rhetoric. His words are emotionally true and his literary sensibility uplifting.” –Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men
 
“This book tells the hard poetry of the desert heart. If you think you know about immigration and the border, you will see there is much to learn. And you will be moved by its unexpected music.” –Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway

Awards

New Mexico Book Award FINALIST 2019

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