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Palo Alto Weekly

- January 9, 2009

Looking for hope amid despair

Stanford novelist tells story of young twin brothers in Mississippi "Where the Line Bleeds" by Jasmine Ward; Agate Bolden; 241 pp.; $15

by Jennifer Deitz

Jesmyn Ward's debut novel "Where the Line Bleeds" is the story of twin brothers coming of age in a poor rural town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The novel paints a clear-eyed and compassionate portrait of a part of the country that rarely makes an appearance in fiction.

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Jennifer Deitz is a freelance writer. She can be reached at deitzjen@gmail.com

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