Where the Line Bleeds: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Ward, Jesmyn
Subject:  FICTION / African American / General
  FICTION / Coming of Age
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Scribner
Published: January 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*The first novel from National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward, a timeless Southern fable of brotherly love and familial conflict-"a lyrical yet clear-eyed portrait of a rural South and an African-American reality that are rarely depicted" (The Boston Globe).

Where the Line Bleeds is Jesmyn Ward's gorgeous first novel and the first of three novels set in Bois Sauvage-followed by Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing-comprising a loose trilogy about small town sourthern family life. Described as "starkly beautiful" (Publishers Weekly, starred review), "fearless" (Essence), and "emotionally honest" (The Dallas Morning News), it was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award.

Joshua and Christophe are twins, raised by a blind grandmother and a large extended family in rural Bois Sauvage, on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. They've just finished high school and need to find jobs, but after Katrina, it's not easy. Joshua gets work on the docks, but Christophe's not so lucky and starts to sell drugs. Christophe's downward spiral is accelerated first by crack, then by the reappearance of the twins' parents: Cille, who left for a better job, and Sandman, a dangerous addict. Sandman taunts Christophe, eventually provoking a shocking confrontation that will ultimately damn or save both twins.

Where the Line Bleeds takes place over the course of a single, life-changing summer. It is a delicate and closely observed portrait of fraternal love and strife, of the relentless grind of poverty, of the toll of addiction on a family, and of the bonds that can sustain or torment us. Bois Sauvage, based on Ward's own hometown, is a character in its own right, as stiflingly hot and as rich with history as it is bereft of opportunity. Ward's "lushly descriptive prose…and her prodigious talent and fearless portrayal of a world too often overlooked" (Essence) make this novel an essential addition to her incredible body of work.
Review Quote*"A starkly beautiful debut ... A fresh new voice in American literature."
-Publishers Weekly
Review Quote*"A resonant novel for any reader."
-Booklist
Review Quote*"Lushly descriptive prose ... with stunning precision. Her prodigious talent and fearless portrayal of a world too often overlooked make her novel a powerful choice for our seventeenth Essence Book Club Recommended Read."
-Essence
Review Quote*"A promising debut."
-Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote*"A lyrical yet clear-eyed portrait of a rural South and an African-American reality that are rarely depicted."
-Boston Globe
Review Quote*"I feel like I have read the debut work of the next Faulkner, or Capote, or O'Connor, a great Southern writer whom my children might some day read in their college classes."
-Oxford Eagle
Review Quote*"A richly textured tale ... like the best fiction, [it] creates its own world."
-New Orleans Times-Picayune
Review Quote*"Ward's beautiful language allows the location and characters to come alive ... will appeal to teens who can see themselves here or who are interested in discovering realities far from their own lives."
-School Library Journal
Review Quote*"Bursting with life-joyous, loving, frustrated and furious-Where the Line Bleeds marks the forceful debut of an exceptional new talent. 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, author of The Welsh Girl