Where the Line Bleeds
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 n forever changes their lives.
Here are my problems with it (many of which are personal reading preferences): I do not like too much narrative description of the setting. In this case, too much abou ...more
Jesmyn Ward has written a hopeful novel. The very vivid descriptions coupled with the deep connections shared by fraternal twins, Joshua and Christophe, makes it feel as if you're apart of the story. WHERE THE LINE BLEEDS, admittedly, is slow at times, but, Ms. Ward's precision of the Mississippi dialogue and the dysfunction of the family keeps the book buoyant. Whereas I believe that some readers will find the book complicated, I believe that Ward has provided readers with a pleas ...more
But I do recommend this book. Beautiful writing..just needs a little trim.
Of the three books by Jesmyn Ward I have read, this is the weakest. That said, she is still one of the best writers out there. The books are compelling and the writing superb. Read her.
There was some mild character development, the true climax of the story (we all knew was coming via historical reference) was never discussed.
Maybe the point was the idea of mild character development in a seemingly mindless drawl of details but I, personally, need action.
Still love the author, but wouldn't be one of my top recommendations.
about feelings/ emotions of father and sons but I understand the unresolved nature Of hat relationship as well, I did enjoy this book.
It is really interesting to see how the author's writing develops through the two books. She does an amazing job at building her characters and an understanding of this town in Mississippi. I was going to say "paints a picture" of the town, but it was more than that. It is like the town is one of the characters and you feel what it is like to live in this town.
You get this sense even more when you read the second book.
that, to me, it the mark of a very skilled storyteller.
Her work has appeared in BOMB, A Public Space and The Oxford American.