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*An Entertainment Weekly "Must-Read" Book for Fall*

From New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Henderson, an audacious American epic set in rural Georgia during the years of the Depression and Prohibition.

Cotton County, Georgia, 1930: in a house full of secrets, two babies-one light-skinned, the other dark-are born to Elma Jesup, a white sharecropper's daughter. Accused of her rape, field hand Genus Jackson is lynched and dragged behind a truck down the Twelve-Mile Straight, the road to the nearby town. In the aftermath, the farm's inhabitants are forced to contend with their complicity in a series of events that left a man dead and a family irrevocably fractured.

Despite the prying eyes and curious whispers of the townspeople, Elma begins to raise her babies as best as she can, under the roof of her mercurial father, Juke, and with the help of Nan, the young black housekeeper who is as close to Elma as a sister. But soon it becomes clear that the ties that bind all of them together are more intricate than any could have ever imagined. As startling revelations mount, a web of lies begins to collapse around the family, destabilizing their precarious world and forcing all to reckon with the painful truth.

Acclaimed author Eleanor Henderson has returned with a novel that combines the intimacy of a family drama with the staggering presence of a great Southern saga. Tackling themes of racialized violence, social division, and financial crisis, The Twelve-Mile Straight is a startlingly timely, emotionally resonant, and magnificent tour de force.



About the Author

Eleanor Henderson

Eleanor Henderson's latest novel is The Twelve-Mile Straight (Ecco, 2017) . Her debut novel, Ten Thousand Saints (Ecco, 2011) , was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2011 by The New York Times, was a finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the Los Angeles Times, and was adapted into a movie in 2015. Her work has appeared in Agni, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Poets & Writers, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best American Short Stories. With Anna Solomon she is the co-editor of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by America's Best Women Writers (FSG, 2014) . An associate professor at Ithaca College, she lives in Ithaca, New York, with her husband and two sons.



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