Where the Line Bleeds

Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A stunning debut novel from Jesmyn Ward, Where the Line Bleeds is a rich tale of twins raised by their grandmother in a stiflingly poor rural community on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Upon graduating from high school, growing tensions between brothers Joshua and Christophe test their loyalties—and a violent altercation forever changes their lives.

©2008 Jesmyn Ward (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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"Too ashamed to admit that he spends his days in the park selling marijuana, Christophe secretly contributes to the family's expenses with regular deposits to his grandmother's purse. But when Christophe decides to start selling more dangerous drugs, tensions between the twins grow, and the arrival of their long-absent drug addict father sparks a violent confrontation. A fresh new voice in American literature, Ward unflinchingly describes a world full of despair but not devoid of hope." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great book!

I’ve liked each of the books I’ve read by Jesmyn Ward.
Her descriptions are elegant and really allow me to picture the characters and surroundings. You get to know and love her characters and never want the stories to end.
I definitely recommend her books!

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Slow Burn

This book dragged on and on, and after awhile, it got really old that Christophe just couldn't seem to figure out that Joshua only wanted what was best for Christophe. Jesmyn's way of describing the scenery, the town, the physical characteristics of each character, was absolutely brilliant, however. With that, I'm off to listen to Salvage the Bones.

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Too much irrelevant detail

I gave up after six chapters. There was too much focus on small irrelevant details as opposed to character and story development. I lost interest.