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The Twelve-Mile Straight

Author: Eleanor Henderson
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
"Novel set in the south during the Great Depression that takes an entirely fresh view on big American themes-- race, heredity, inequality, shame-- set in a time of financial crisis and racialized violence"--
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Henderson, Eleanor.
Twelve-mile straight.
New York : Ecco, [2017]
(DLC) 2016058880
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eleanor Henderson
ISBN: 9780062422088 0062422081
OCLC Number: 966381917
Description: 543 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Eleanor Henderson.

Abstract:

"Novel set in the south during the Great Depression that takes an entirely fresh view on big American themes-- race, heredity, inequality, shame-- set in a time of financial crisis and racialized violence"--

Cotton County, Georgia, 1930. 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. 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. But the ties that bind all of them together are more intricate than any could have ever imagined, and a web of lies begins to collapse around the family.

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