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The Twelve-Mile Straight

A Novel

by Eleanor Henderson

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The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson
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    Sep 2017, 560 pages
    Sep 18, 2018, 560 pages

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An audacious American epic set in rural Georgia during the years of the Depression and Prohibition.

The Twelve-Mile Straight garnered a rating of 4.8 from our First Impression reviewers, making it one of only three First Impressions books in the past three years that have scored that highly on our scale (the other two were The Nightingale and Jade Dragon Mountain).

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In The Twelve-Mile Straight, author Eleanor Henderson captures the essence of life in the rural South during the Great Depression. The plot follows the lives of two girls, one black and one white, growing up together on a sharecropper's farm in Georgia and sharing their lives and darkest secrets (Mary Lou C). The author uses the girls and those around them to tell a story about racism, oppression, and class distinction, providing a nuanced view of the South before World War II (Liz D).

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