The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Mexican Border by Francisco Cantu
An electrifying memoir from a Mexican-American US Border Patrol guard
Francisco Canto was a US Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012. In this extraordinary account, he describes his work in the desert along the Mexican border. He tracks humans through blistering days and frigid nights. He detains the exhausted and hauls in the dead.
The line he is sworn to defend, however, begins to dissolve.
Haunted by nightmares, Canto abandons the Patrol for civilian life - but he soon faces a final confrontation with the world he believed he had escaped.
About the Author
Francisco Canto was 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, a 2017 Whiting Award, and a 2018 Art for Justice fellowship. His writing and translations have been featured in The New York Times, Best American Essays, Harper's, and Guernica , as well as on This American Life. He lives in Tucson and coordinates the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program at the University of Arizona.
Format: Paperback | 288 pages
Dimensions: 129 x 198 x 18mm | 202g
Publication Date: 07 Feb 2019
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom
Condition: Like New
A secondhand book that looks new but has been read. Cover has no visible wear. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.