Francisco Cantú's THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER out Feb. 6 is "an amazing, timely book."
For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there.
Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.
Bookseller Praise for THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER
“It's all too easy for those of us who don't live near the border to view the people, issues and events that circle around its edges in the abstract. Francisco Cantú, in this brave, challenging and urgent memoir allows us to view the border in a way that is deeply personal and all the more necessary at this moment in our country's history.” – Robert Sindelar, Third Place Books in Seattle, WA
“Francisco Cantu's The Line Becomes a River is a deep dive into the Mexican/US Border. The memoir chronicles Cantu's, a second generation Mexican American, time as a border control agent. It's the book we need right now. It gives voice to the voiceless and puts a face on the faceless.”—Justin Tapscott, BookPeople in Austin, TX
“Francisco Cantu tells compelling stories…In many ways this is a sad memoir… Though there is probably no such thing as a typical Border Patrol agent, Cantu has an empathy for those who repeatedly try to cross into the U.S., looking to escape poverty, lack of opportunity and, more recently, the dictatorship of the cartels who control the drug war zone of northern Mexico. By the ending (perhaps to be continued?) of his book, one feels oppressed by the same forces that gave Cantu nightmares…I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in reading a realistic account of immigration issues.”—Alice Meloy, Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, TX
“The Line Becomes a River is an amazing timely book by Francisco Cantu that I recommend to everyone as a must read...As an Immigrant myself, I felt a personal bond with this book, while reading about heart-rendering accounts of immigrants who wanted to pass the border only for the sake of living a better life. I think that this book perfectly takes you behind the wall of ignorance of this age and time and shows you the heart-ranching realities that happen at the border…this book is a great read to open your eye about immigration, what happens at the border, and most importantly the racist stereotypes.”—Razieh Araghi, BookPeople in Austin, TX
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER comes out Feb. 6, 2018!