"The Best Book on Immigration You Will Read This Year Comes From a Former Border Patrol Agent"
Francisco Cantú's powerful debut memoir THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER hits the shelves today.
"Sometimes you need a person who has literally seen both sides to make the most compelling argument. A descendant of Mexican immigrants, Francisco Cantu policed the deserts of the American South as a United States border patrol agent. His dispatches, in which he recounts the dire circumstances under which desperate people attempt to gain entry, are a must-read for anyone who thinks 'build a wall' is the answer to anything." - Esquire
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER has been chosen as an Amazon Best Book of February and has been featured in Time, GQ, Mother Jones, and Kirkus Reviews. You can hear Francisco interviewed NPR here and find him on tour near you.
“Spare, graceful, and full of the details that propel a good story… His life on the line has made him the kind of expert we need to hear from.” —Boston Globe
"A book that whips across your face like a sandstorm, embedding bits of the desert into your skin that, like it or not, you’ll carry forward." — SF Chronicle
“Cantú has written an insistently humane book, or maybe just a human one. It does not presume to be an account of what the border means, or at theory about what should be done about it; rather, it’s an exploration of how the border feels, and what happens to the people who get caught in its gears. He got that close look he hoped for, and he has found a way to tell us about it.” – Bookforum
“Cantú’s rich prose and deep empathy make this an indispensable look at one of America’s most divisive issues.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“This work may determine for future generations what building a wall does to magnify the heartache of plight and flight, of people moving between nation and nationality…without the agency to define it themselves.” —Lithub