The author of the highly lauded debut novel, Ten Thousand Saints, in 2011 (a New York Times Best Book of 2011, among other citations), Eleanor Henderson is here this evening with a new novel sure to win acclaim and the attention of readers. The Twelve-Mile Straight (Ecco) takes readers to deep South rural Georgia, 1930. How things were there then has its bearing on how things are now. This book has power and resonance, over the decades.
“Lyrical...mesmerizing, disturbing, and wonderfully persuasive. The world is brutal even as the landscape is lush and seductive...Unstinting in showing us the everyday savagery of Jim Crow, of poverty, and of family abuse. A riveting, consequential story full of complex secrets and unexpected turns.” — Dana Spiotta.
“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.