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The Twelve-Mile Straight - A Novel

Eleanor Henderson

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. Acclaimed author Eleanor Henderson has returned with a novel that combines the intimacy of a family drama with the staggering presence of a great Southern saga. Tackling themes of racialized violence, social division, and financial crisis, The Twelve-Mile Straight is a startlingly timely, emotionally resonant, and magnificent tour de force.

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. Acclaimed author Eleanor Henderson has returned with a novel that combines the intimacy of a family drama with the staggering presence of a great Southern saga. Tackling themes of racialized violence, social division, and financial crisis, The Twelve-Mile Straight is a startlingly timely, emotionally resonant, and magnificent tour de force.
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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. Acclaimed author Eleanor Henderson has returned with a novel that combines the intimacy of a family drama with the staggering presence of a great Southern saga. Tackling themes of racialized violence, social division, and financial crisis, The Twelve-Mile Straight is a startlingly timely, emotionally resonant, and magnificent tour de force.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Allyson Johnson

Length:

17h 4m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

30:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

41:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

42:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

29:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

39:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

30:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

40:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

43:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

28:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

36:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

58:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

52:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

25:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

50:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

37:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

15:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

45:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

45:18


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:30