Where the Line Bleeds

Where the Line Bleeds

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The first novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, a timeless Southern fable of brotherly love and familial conflict

Joshua and Christophe are twins, raised by a blind grandmother and a large extended family in a rural town on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. Over the course of a single, life-changing summer, as they struggle to find work and contend with the reappearance of their parents - Cille, who left town for a better job, and Sandman, a dangerous addict - the brothers are forced into a series of decisions that will ultimately damn or save them.

A delicate and closely observed portrait of fraternal love and strife and the bonds that can sustain and torment us, Where the Line Bleeds marks the beginning of Jesmyn Ward's extraordinary career in fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 210g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408899825
  • 9781408899823
  • 440,728

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One of the most important writers in America today -- Ann Patchett A writer of such lyric imagination * New York Times Book Review * The voices, relationships and histories of [Ward's] characters feel wholly true ... Long after the end, we continue to worry after them, love them in spite of their faults, and feel their pain * Spectator * The heir to Faulkner * Time * A lyrical yet clear-eyed portrait of a rural South and an African-American reality that are rarely depicted * Boston Globe * An important new voice of the American South - one developing, perhaps, into the twenty-first-century's answer to William Faulkner * Times Literary Supplement * Ward takes the territory made so familiar by writers such as William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, and reclaims it * Financial Times *
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About Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently a professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award, and Sing, Unburied, Sing, which won the 2017 National Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time and the author of the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. From 2008-2010, Ward had a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She was the John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the 2010-2011 academic year. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Letters selected Ward for the Strauss Living Award. She lives in Mississippi.
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3,520 ratings
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4 43% (1,522)
3 29% (1,010)
2 5% (166)
1 1% (42)
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