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The Twelve-Mile Straight

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Tender and savage, heartbreaking and hopeful and deeply human, The Twelve Mile Straight will appeal to fans of American classics by Harper Lee, Toni Morrison and William Faulkner.

Cotton County, Georgia, 1930: in a house full of secrets, two babies - one light-skinned, the other dark - are born to Elma Jesup, a white sharecropper's daughter. Accused of her rape, field hand Genus Jackson is lynched and dragged down the Twelve-Mile Straight, the road to the nearby town.

Despite the prying eyes and curious whispers of the townspeople, Elma begins to raise her babies as best as she can, under the roof of her impulsive father, Juke, and with the help of Nan, the young black housekeeper who is as close to Elma as a sister. It soon becomes clear that the ties that bind all of them together are more intricate than any could have imagined. A web of lies begins to collapse around the family, destabilizing their precarious world and forcing all to reckon with the truth.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"The Twelve-Mile Straight is anything but - a family drama, a mystery, Southern Gothic, and a searing study of the complexities of race in America. Cotton County is a dark place, tortured by its own secrets, and it's in Henderson's expert hand and penetrating eye that those secrets are carried into light." - Bill Cheng

"The setup is simple: Two babies - one of them black and one of them white. But the story of how they came to be is one of the deepest and most nuanced explorations of our shared humanity that I've read in a long time. The characters are so vivid that you will feel as though they exist unbound by the pages of the book; the writing is so extraordinary it will make your teeth ache; the story is so compelling that you may gasp out loud - as I did - as the revelations unfold. This is no ordinary novel. It is art of the highest order." - Cristina Henríquez

"This engaging, expansive novel manages to feel historical and, sadly, up to the minute as it probes the sins at the heart of the American experience. This is the kind of novel you sink into, live inside. When you’re finished it will live inside you. A bravura performance." - Victor LaValle

"Eleanor Henderson is in possession of an enormous talent." - Ann Patchett

"Eleanor Henderson's lyrical evocation of rural Georgia during the Depression is mesmerizing, disturbing, and wonderfully persuasive. The world is brutal even as the landscape is lush and seductive. A riveting, consequential story full of complex secrets and unexpected turns." - Dana Spiotta

"An intricate and fascinating tale of maternity and paternity, of race and blood, of two young women doing what they must do to survive. The Twelve-Mile Straight portrays events along a tiny sliver of Depression-era Georgia, but as the revelations mount this place truly becomes an everywhere. This is brave material, confronted with unblinking honesty and woven with intelligence and grace." - Christopher Tilghman


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