Line Becomes a River, the

Cantu, Francisco

  5 Reviews

The lure of the prospect of a better life is on stark display in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, where they border Mexico. Policing this boundary as a US Border Patrol agent from 2008-2012, the author witnesses the risks the prospective Mexican migrants will take, desperate for a better future than the one their own country can provide. People smugglers, drug mules, death and despair, it's all in a day's work trying to keep control of the border.

Distinguished by its humane perspective and lyrical prose, this thoughtful and soul-searching account of the harsh realities of managing illegal immigration provides valuable context for a contentious issue of contemporary America.



People enjoyed the book, but found it hard to get into. Some found it quite confronting.
NEWP 013
The group found the first section informative, but depressing. The second section provided the group with more satisfaction, and we liked the points around moral injury and the warrior gene.
AUCK 143
Very revealing look at the sad lot of many Mexicans. It was a close inspection of a man ( of Mexican heritage) who was a US citizen, and his personal struggle with the unfair situation of Mexican citizens. The effect of the drug cartels on life, and the tough American regulations, force people into drastic action to keep their families in touch with each other.
RICH 001
We found this book topical and interesting ie. Trump's Wall, but tragic and rather depressing given that life on the border is likely worse and less humane. The drug cartels are dreadful. We all finished the book. A book better read in daylight!
AUCK 039
A harrowing and disturbing read. Well-written.