Reviews

  • "One of the perks of being a writer is you get sent proofs of books. Most are not for me but occasionally you get sent a gem. The Line Becomes a River is such a book. It is stunningly good. Beautiful, smart, raw, sad, poetic and humane… It’s the best thing I’ve read for ages"

    James Rebanks, author of THE SHEPHERD'S LIFE
  • "Lyrical and moving... Cantu describes the borderlands and his work there with a raw-nerved tenderness that seems to have been won from both the landscape and the violence he was implicated in. Told in three increasingly soul-searching parts, The Line Becomes a River frequently feels momentous... Remarkable"

    William Atkins, Guardian
  • "Tender, lyrical, and with a singular poise that is unsentimental and restrained, in prose as clear as desert air"

    John Paul Rathbone, Financial Times
  • "[A] must-read memoir ... Cantú's skill as a writer proves an equal match for his material. A digestible account of US and Mexico relations, a nuanced portrait of Mexican cultural blessings and ills, The Line Becomes A River is a page-turning personal story that holds until the final page and wrenches long after."

    Olivia Cole, GQ
  • "A raw, compelling memoirThe Line Becomes a River offers an eloquent rebuke to all those who look to build walls rather than build bridges between people."

    Nick Rennison, Sunday Times