The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border (Hardcover)
Born and raised on the US-Mexico border, with an education in international relations, immigration, and border security, Cantú decides to join the Border Patrol to gain on-the-ground experience. Innocent at the start, he soon realizes the horrors he has involved himself in. After a few years, filled with more questions than ever before, he begins to have constant nightmares of the job, which weigh heavily on him. After he leaves the Border Patrol to pursue a graduate degree, Cantú befriends an immigrant named José. When José is caught trying to cross the border to return to his family, Cantú tries to help, only to relive his nightmares. -Allen— From Spring Booknotes 2018
The instant New York Times bestseller, "A must-read for anyone who thinks 'build a wall' is the answer to anything." --Esquire For Francisco Cant , 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, Cant 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. Cant 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, Cant discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River goes behind the headlines, making urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.
About the Author
Francisco Cantú served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2017 Whiting Award. His writing and translations have been featured in Best American Essays, Harper's, n+1, Orion, and Guernica, as well as on This American Life. He lives in Tucson.