The Twelve-Mile Straight

The Twelve-Mile Straight

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.

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  • Florence , Georgia, Cotton County, The Twelve Mile Straight road in 1930's , depressed times on a farm. Lynching and racism that makes you sick, women abused, deception and lies and secrets, some genu...

  • George Wilson owned two hundred acres of land along the Twelve-Mile Straight Road in 1930's Cotton County,Georgia. Additionally, he owned the cotton mill. The Jesups were the principal sharecropping f...

  • E-galley provided through the generosity of Edelweiss, Ecco Publishing and Author, Eleanor Henderson, to be published September 12, 2017. A shout-out to Bookseller, Charles Bottomley of Northshire Boo...

  • I came to respect and appreciate this novel more than it promised in its opening pages. But I never did come around to liking it, exactly. Which I daresay is the author's intent.Ms. Henderson testifie...

  • I would like to thank Harper Collins/ECCO and Eleanor Henderson for the advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. 1930 Cotton County, Georgia and a young Elma Jesup finds herself pregnan...

  • One of the great joys of reading is discovering an debut author whose work just blows you away. Eleanor Henderson did that to me with her 2011 novel Ten Thousand Saints, set in 1987 New York City and ...

  • Thanks to Edelweiss and Ecco Books for an advanced copy of this book.After reading the first chapter of this doorstop of a historical fiction novel, I thought I was going to love it. It had a great fi...

  • I don't know where to start, I loved this book SO MUCH. How Ms. Henderson can be in the mind of so many people and write like she was there just astounds me. She made me feel I was there in this tale ...

  • DNF'd this one at the halfway point. I was into it when it first started, but by the halfway point, it seemed like the plot was spinning its wheels in the mud. Part of it was for every character in th...

  • WOW! I was not surprised that this novel was a tough read, given the subject matter, but I was surprised that it was so good! The author made rural Georgia in the 1930s come alive with her description...

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