The line becomes a river lays bare in damning light the casual brutality of the system how unjust laws and private prisons and a militarized border have shattered families and mocked americas myths about itself new york times book review. Slim and beautifully written the line becomes a river is a powerful deeply humane piece of nonfiction about the lives of border patrol agents and desperate migrants on the frontier between the us and mexico this is a hybrid work part memoir part meditation part expository piece. The line becomes a river npr coverage of the line becomes a river by francisco cantu news author interviews critics picks and more. Early in the line becomes a river francisco cant tells his mother his reasons for joining the border patrolmaybe its the desert maybe its the closeness of life and death maybe its the . 2 stepping into a system doesnt mean that the system becomes you cant insists to his mother in part i of the line becomes a river how does his time in the border patrol challenge that assertion in what ways does the system determine influence and limit the behavior of the individuals within its ranks 3
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