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Where the Line Bleeds

(2008)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Bursting with life - joyous, loving, frustrated and furious - Jesmyn Ward's vision is at once searingly honest and sweepingly empathic. Her vibrant portrait of a Mississippi Gulf Coast town is peopled by some of the most movingly, achingly human characters I've encountered in fiction in years." - Peter Ho Davies

"Jesmyn Ward's debut novel is eloquent in its description of young lives at risk; she's authoritative both when writing of the doomed and prospect of salvation. The lyric gifts displayed in Where The Line Bleeds are very impressive indeed, and the world evoked—the rural south, with its complex web of family devotion and betrayal—is vivid from first page to last. A major talent here." - Nicholas Delbanco

"Where the Line Bleeds is a rich, subtle, lyrical novel by an important new writer. Jesmyn Ward writes with a miniaturist's attention to detail, with dazzling elegance and precision, but is unwaveringly compassionate in her exploration of character and place. There is suspense here, along with keen insight—the qualities that keep the pages turning. But there is also poetry, and mystery—the qualities that cause the reader to linger in wonder." - Laura Kasischke


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September 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Where the Line Bleeds (Wheeler Large Print Book)
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
ISBN: 1-4328-5601-4 / 978-1-4328-5601-4 (USA edition)
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Title: Where the Line Bleeds
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Title: Where the Line Bleeds: A Novel
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
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November 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Where the Line Bleeds
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ISBN: 1-932841-38-5 / 978-1-932841-38-1 (USA edition)
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Title: Where the Line Bleeds
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Title: Where the Line Bleeds: A Novel
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