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The Twelve-Mile Straight
The Twelve-Mile Straight | Eleanor Henderson
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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.
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Cinfhen
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#FriYAYintro @howjessreads That‘s my niece LuLu ( she was dressed for “the club” ) 😜Finished the tagged book today, a really good interwoven story. No weekend plans and I‘m fine with that!! It‘s been super hot here: high 80‘s but today it‘s windy. Dinner is grilled veggies, salad, bbq chicken, corn and quinoa😋

wanderinglynn Super posh! Love her hat. 👍🏻💜 3w
CindyRene Lulu is lovely! Supper sounds fantastic 👩‍🍳. Have a restful weekend! 3w
JacqMac Lulu looks very sophisticated. She needs a fancy lunch. 3w
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AmyG I love her pose. 💕 3w
Cinfhen Yes!!! LuLu is posh, lovely, sophisticated and quite fancy especially for a 7 year old @AmyG @JacqMac @CindyRene @wanderinglynn 💕💕💕she‘s a real FUN character 😁and you‘re welcome to join us for dinner @CindyRene 👍🏻 3w
julesG High tea? I can picture her nibbling on tiny cucumber sandwiches. I love her name! It's what I call my daughter sometimes due to her middle name, but she hates it. 3w
Cinfhen Whats your daughter‘s middle name @julesG ???? My niece‘s full name is Piper Lou but somehow LuLu stuck. 3w
julesG Luise 3w
TrishB She‘s awesome 💕 3w
Megabooks Too cute!! 💙💙😘 3w
Reviewsbylola Lulu looks like she has the attitude that would endear her to my girls. 😆 Being that they also have that attitude. 3w
Reviewsbylola Also, I feel like she looks like pictures you have posted of Niki. Am i crazy?! 3w
Cinfhen So funny you said that @Reviewsbylola because Niki & LuLu‘s mom look like sisters, even though it‘s LuLu‘s dad who‘s the “blood” relative. There are definitely some family traits shared between Lu & Niki😉😂and yes, I always felt Lu & your girls would make quite a threesome💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 3w
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Cinfhen
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Totally worth the hours I spent reading this southern novel about family, race, loyalty, honesty responsibility and accountability. This book contained layers upon layers of secrets and betrayals. So well done. Highly recommended.

Crazeedi The description sounds really sad, might be hard for me to read! 3w
Cathythoughts Great review... I got it on kindle , I might read it on holls next week. I‘m LOVING Behold the Dreamers right now .... & this tagged one sounds like a good read too ♥️👍🏻 3w
Hollie Stacked! 3w
Cinfhen Not really “sad” more infuriating and mentally exhausting but in a good way @Crazeedi It took some patience and perseverance @Cathythoughts @Hollie but the payoff was SO worth it. I really was impressed that this was a debut 🙌🏻💕 3w
BarbaraBB Sounds great! 3w
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Cinfhen
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This book is requiring A LOT of time, concentration and patience BUT.....wowza!!!!! Part II just ended with a MAJOR PLOT TWIST!!! I‘m amazed at how tightly woven all the threads are, this novel is quite a piece of art.

Redwritinghood I have this on my shelves. Thanks for reminding me. It sounds like I should read it soon. 4w
Cinfhen Definitely @Redwritinghood I‘m not sure why it has a low rating on Litsy?!!! 3w
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Cinfhen
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I‘m loving this book but I hardly had time to pick it up in the last 2 days. I‘ve been knee deep in laundry, house cleaning and food shopping.

Cathythoughts This sounds good 👍🏻stacking 4w
Cathythoughts Over 500 pages I see 😳👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 I hate that housework rubbish... 4w
Kalalalatja I know that feeling! I feel like the weekend just flew by 💨 4w
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Cinfhen
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Not sure why this book didn‘t get much attention?!?!? So far it‘s brilliant!!! Twins born to a simple farm girl, one white one black in 1930‘s Georgia...a hoax or some deep dark secret that needs to remain buried?!? #AnglophileApril #InvisibleTouch ??? #MyCurrentRead

Velvetfur I loooove those flowers with the purple tips! What are they? 1mo
Centique Oh my lord those flowers! 😍😍😍 4w
Cinfhen So pretty!! Right @Velvetfur @Centique and the white ones smell delicious 💜💜💜 I don‘t know their name 😔 4w
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Mdargusch So pretty! I‘m stacking! 4w
emilyhaldi Well I'm gonna ignore the bad reviews and stack this one!! 4w
Cinfhen I‘m baffled by the negative reviews 🤔🧐This book is so good @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch 4w
tapgurl Does anyone here know how I find my stack? 4w
Cinfhen Tap the icon of the figure on the bottom right @tapgurl then under the word FOLLOWING you‘ll see an open book icon, if you touch that it will bring up all the books you‘ve added to read. Hope that helps!?! (edited) 4w
tapgurl @Cinfhen yesss!! Thank you so much:) 4w
Cinfhen Yay!! Glad that helped @tapgurl ❤️ 4w
Reviewsbylola This sounds good! 4w
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. I met Sally Field! 😀
2. Staying home and having family come over
3. This long weekend!
4. Shirt and leggings
5. Twelve Mile Straight is hard to describe. It starts with an innocent man brutally murdered by a mob and then the secrets leading up to the killing untold.
#humpdaypost @mindea
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

MinDea Awesome!!!!!!!!! 6mo
gradcat Wowza! 6mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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Just starting this one. I've been wanting to read it for a while.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

A book about race and class and family names and honor in Georgia in the 1930s. Two babies are born, of different races, but into one family.

Cinfhen Ooh, I keep seeing this book ~ looks good!! 7mo
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jouleian
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This book was nothing short of amazing. It was well written the characters were all fullbodied and near historical. The way the individuals lives and stories wove together like tapestry. And an ending that I (who can usually figure a plot out rather quickly) was rather shocked about. This story is on my list of favorites. Definitely a recommended read. ❤❤❤

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Bailedbailed

I‘m trying to fight through this awful cold with reading. But this book is totally not doing it for me. I left it, came back to it, I gave it 150 pages. But it‘s just not keeping my attention. It seems well written but very detailed, unnecessarily so. Also- does anyone else struggle with #BookGuilt when you rate a book badly? I feel badly when I say all these negative things. . . but I also feel the need to be honest. 🤷🏻‍♀️

cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! And yes, I suffer from book guilt, too. 13mo
ElishaLovesBooks @cobwebmoth Thanks! The weather has finally turned nice and I‘m stuck inside! I‘m glad to know I‘m not the only one with #bookguilt #IFeelBetter 13mo
Ingerella I have the worst book guilt! I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one! 13mo
Samplergal That‘s why there are millions of books. Not everyone likes or should like every book. #NoGuilt (edited) 13mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Ingerella I feel the same! @Samplergal I know you are right!! 13mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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After finishing 2 books today and tons of cleaning for Passover, I‘m in a bit of #bookfunk. I can‘t decide what I‘m in the mood for but I‘m trying to make my way through my #TBRLibraryStack. This one sounds so intriguing. . . I hope it‘s good!! 😊🤓

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SunriseBooks
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I really liked the interplay of different Southern “castes” in this book.

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Booksniffer
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Its a cuddle and read day. Two dogs and a cat sitting with me. My big Himalayan boy Falkor with Tink at my feet.

Rachbb3 Looks comfy!! 1y
DebReads4fun Love the name Falkor! 1y
Booksniffer He was so skinny with a big head when we got him. Looked just like the luck dragon to me. 1y
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RebelReader
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1. Taco Layer or Ham Pickle Dip, Deviled Eggs (a foodie cannot pick one!)
2. The Twelve Mile Straight-Eleanor Henderson
Anything Is Possible-Elizabeth Strout
Vacationland-Sarah Stonich
Pachinko-Min Jin Lee
3. Complete the numerous reading challenges I've committed to in 2018 and like @Cathythoughts improve my Litsy tech skills#.
4. Find a job. Although I have really enjoyed my employment break!
5. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Cathythoughts Pachinko ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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RebelReader
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WOW! I finished this late last night. This story starts with the birth of two babies and a lynching and is filled with secrets, tragedy and heartbreak. This book is raw and feels like picking a scab...Often painful, but so satisfying all at the same time. My book group will be reading because I really want to discuss this one! One of the best of 2017 in my opinion, that unfortunately, isn't getting a lot of buzz.

Cinfhen Stacked!!! Haven‘t even heard of it, until now 1y
AmyG Thanks for the review! I have heard good things. 1y
Christine11 I‘ve never heard of it ! I‘ll have to read it now you‘ve given it such a good review! 😊 1y
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TheSketchyReader It sounds like a great pick for a book club! 1y
Eggs Great endorsement! I've been wanting to read it. (edited) 1y
Buddys_Momma I started it then bailed because my brain couldn‘t handle the subject matter at that time, but still plan to read this soon. 1y
RebelReader @Buddys_Momma The subject matter is brutal. I just have so many feelings about this book, but feel ill equipped to express them even in my own head. 1y
RebelReader @Cinfhen @Eggs @TheSketchyReader @Christine11 @AmyG I can't wait to hear what you all think of it. 1y
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RebelReader
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Anxious to read this southern saga of family drama! #Decinbooks17

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Eggs
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EllieDottie
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I found 2 for #12! #Novemberbythenumbers

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merelybookish
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Thank you, thank you @Robothugs!! I love my package: books, bath bombs, candle, blanket and candy. All the things I love! 🛀🍬🍫📚👍👍
Excited to read the books. Bumping Stay With Me to the top of the pile.
Love the Animal masks. May need to share with my daughter.
Adore the spiderweb throw. Will be using it today.
Everything is so thoughtful.
Robot hugs are the best. 🤖❤️🤖❤️
Thanks to you too @BookishMarginalia. 😘😘
#halloweengoespostal

Cinfhen Yay !!! So much wonderfulness💕🎃 2y
Lacythebookworm Stay With Me and The Vegetarian are both so good! 🙌 2y
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LeahBergen 😍😍 2y
emilyhaldi Great books!!! 🙌🏻 2y
Robothugs I‘m so glad you love everything!!! 😁🤗 2y
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Buddys_Momma
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Bailedbailed

Am putting this aside for now......it has heavy subject matter that my senses can‘t handle at the moment. It is an interesting book that I look forward to getting into later....

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Buddys_Momma
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......and my currently reading list keeps growing.....am in the second week of my 2 week staycation and have been reading quite a bit 😉. I know this book is going to devastate me but I feel the need to read it......
#whycantigetpaidtodrinkcoffeeandreadbooksallday?

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Rcoco
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Started out great, dragged in the middle, with a strong finish. Overall recommended.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 5! Just released. Cotton County, Georgia, 1930: 2 babies are born to white sharecropper's daughter Elma Jesup, one light- and one dark-skinned. Accused of raping her, field hand Genus Jackson is lynched and dragged down the Twelve-Mile Straight, the road leading to town. Elma raises her babies under her father's eyes with her black housekeeper's help. A web of lies unravels & the truth will out. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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Aluciddreamstate
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Mehso-so

3/5⭐️. Opening was good. And dragged and dragged and dragged.........til almost the end. The end was unsatisfying. Meh.

shawnmooney I heard some buzz about it, but I was worried it was going to be a dud. 2y
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Rcoco
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So far, compulsively readable.

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shawnmooney
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Heard about this over on booktube last night. Out next week. There's no synopsis so here's the link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33385420-the-twelve-mile-straight

shawnmooney @jeff Please add the synopsis when you have a chance - thanks! 2y
saresmoore I don't know how I feel about your foray into Booktube territory... But I like all the books you're sharing! 2y
Buddys_Momma I can't wait to read this ---heavy subject matter but sounds interesting. 2y
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jlondon1963
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Mehso-so

I could of used 200 fewer pages and would have found it more appealing. The story is good it just gets a little boggy trying to squeeze all the southern slights into the mix. This was an ARC from Book Browse for an honest review.

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Liberty
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Sorry you have to work today, Mr. UPS Man, but if it's any consolation, you made my freaking day. ❤ 📚🔥

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