Line Becomes A River

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How does a line in the sand become a barrier that people will risk everything to cross? Francisco Cantú was a US Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012. He worked the desert along the Mexican border, at the remote crossroads of drug routes and smuggling corridors, tracking humans through blistering days and frigid nights across a vast terrain. He detains the exhausted and the parched. He hauls in the dead. He tries not to think where the stories go from there. He is descended from Mexican immigrants, so the border is in his blood. But the line he is sworn to defend is dissolving. Haunted by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. And when an immigrant friend is caught on the wrong side of the border, Cantú faces a final confrontation with a world he believed he had escaped.

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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 Cantú 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, Cant̼ abandons the Patrol for civilian life Рbut 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

Additional information

Weight 202 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

278

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

363.285092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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