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The Line Becomes A River

by Francisco Cantu

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PUBLISHED: 5th February 2019
ISBN: 9781784707057
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Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019, an electrifying memoir from a Mexican-American US Border Patrol guard`Stunningly good... The best thing I've read for ages' James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's LifeFrancisco Cantu was a US Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012.
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  • Paperback
    $17.59
PUBLISHED: 5th February 2019
ISBN: 9781784707057
ANNOTATION:
Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019, an electrifying memoir from a Mexican-American US Border Patrol guard`Stunningly good... The best thing I've read for ages' James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's LifeFrancisco Cantu was a US Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012.

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Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019, an electrifying memoir from a Mexican-American US Border Patrol guard`Stunningly good... The best thing I've read for ages' James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's LifeFrancisco Cantu was a US Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012.

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Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019, an electrifying memoir from a Mexican-American US Border Patrol guard

'Stunningly good... The best thing I've read for ages' James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's Life

Francisco Canto was a US Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012.

In this extraordinary account, he describes his work in the desert along the Mexican border. He tracks humans through blistering days and frigid nights. He detains the exhausted and hauls in the dead. The line he is sworn to defend, however, begins to dissolve. Haunted by nightmares, Canto abandons the Patrol for civilian life - but he soon faces a final confrontation with the world he believed he had escaped.

'A raw, compelling memoir... An eloquent rebuke to all those who look to build walls rather than bridges between people' Sunday Times

'A must-read... A page-turning personal story that holds until the final page and wrenches long after' GQ

'Remarkable... Lyrical and moving' Guardian

Author Biography

Francisco Canto was as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a 2017 Whiting Award, and a 2018 Art for Justice fellowship. His writing and translations have been featured in The New York Times, Best American Essays, Harper's, and Guernica, as well as on This American Life. He lives in Tucson and coordinates the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program at the University of Arizona.

Review

A raw, compelling memoir... The Line Becomes a River offers an eloquent rebuke to all those who look to build walls rather than build bridges between people. -- Nick Rennison Sunday Times [A] must-read memoir ... Cantu's skill as a writer proves an equal match for his material. A digestible account of US and Mexico relations, a nuanced portrait of Mexican cultural blessings and ills, The Line Becomes A River is a page-turning personal story that holds until the final page and wrenches long after. -- Olivia Cole GQ Tender, lyrical, and with a singular poise that is unsentimental and restrained, in prose as clear as desert air -- John Paul Rathbone Financial Times Lyrical and moving... Cantu describes the borderlands and his work there with a raw-nerved tenderness that seems to have been won from both the landscape and the violence he was implicated in. Told in three increasingly soul-searching parts, The Line Becomes a River frequently feels momentous... Remarkable -- William Atkins Guardian One of the perks of being a writer is you get sent proofs of books. Most are not for me but occasionally you get sent a gem. The Line Becomes a River is such a book. It is stunningly good. Beautiful, smart, raw, sad, poetic and humane... It's the best thing I've read for ages -- James Rebanks, author of THE SHEPHERD'S LIFE

Prizes

Short-listed for Orwell Prize 2019 (UK)

Review Text

" One of the perks of being a writer is you get sent proofs of books. Most are not for me but occasionally you get sent a gem. The Line Becomes a River is such a book. It is stunningly good. Beautiful, smart, raw, sad, poetic and humane... It's the best thing I've read for ages "

Promotional "Headline"

An electrifying memoir from a Mexican-American US Border Patrol guard

Product Details

Author
Francisco Cantu
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2019
ISBN-10
1784707058
ISBN-13
9781784707057
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2019-02-05
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
288
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade