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The Line of the Sun
     

The Line of the Sun

by Judith Ortiz Cofer
 

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Set in the 1950s and 1960s, The Line of the Sun moves from a rural Puerto Rican village to a tough immigrant housing project in New Jersey, telling the story of a Hispanic family's struggle to become part of a new culture without relinquishing the old. At the story's center is Guzmán, an almost mythic figure whose adventures and exile, salvation and

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Set in the 1950s and 1960s, The Line of the Sun moves from a rural Puerto Rican village to a tough immigrant housing project in New Jersey, telling the story of a Hispanic family's struggle to become part of a new culture without relinquishing the old. At the story's center is Guzmán, an almost mythic figure whose adventures and exile, salvation and return leave him a broken man but preserve his place in the heart and imagination of his niece, who is his secret biographer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Puerto Rican emigres try to adapt to life in the U.S. while maintaining island culture in a Spanish-speaking tenement. ``Though weakened by clumsy plotting, arbitrary shifts in points of view and sometimes pedestrian prose . . . Cofer's novel paints a colorful, revealing portrait of Puerto Rican culture and domestic relationships,'' said PW. (May)
Library Journal
This first novel by an accomplished poet flavors the U.S. immigrant experience with a hint of magical realism. The story of Guzman, black sheep of a Puerto Rican village, is here told by his assimilited niece. Adventurous from childhood, the wild youth is ostracized because of an affair with a notorious older woman whose reputation as a spiritist does not save her from the wrath of righteous neighbors. Heading for New York and the American dream, Guzman wanders for more than a decade until he confronts his island roots in a violent, resonant denouement. A shaky transition between the novel's two main sections is offset by well-realized characters and vibrant depictions of Puerto Rican folk culture. Recommended.-- Starr E. Smith, Georgetown Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
Booknews
Puerto Rican-born author Cofer's first novel, set in the 1950s and 60s, moves from a rural Puerto Rican village to a tough immigrant housing project in New Jersey, telling the story of a Hispanic family's struggle to become part of a new culture without relinquishing the old. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New York Times Book Review
Cofer . . . reveals herself to be a prose writer of evocatively lyrical authority, a novelist of historical compass and sensitivity. . . . One recognizes in the rich weave and vigorous elegance of the language of The Line of the Sun a writer of authentic gifts, with a genuine and important story to tell.

Joyce Johnson
In this extraordinary first novel, Judith Ortiz Cofer bridges two cultures, giving voice to people who are seldom heard from. . . . Cofer invites us into a climate where the settings are authentic and richly textured, and whose lives bound in cultural mythology are particularized through the strengths and gifts of language, fully realized characters, and a multi-dimensional narrative. There is great strength in the way Cofer evokes the fierce, loving, and brave Latin spirit that is the novel's real theme.

The State (Columbia
The Line of the Sun reads like a dream, from the beautifully realized description of the deceptive Paradise Lost, to the utterly different but equally vivid world of the urban North. . . . This is a splendid first novel.

San Juan Star
The writing in this superb novel stuns and surprises at every turn. Its sensuality and imagery . . . are riveting.

Washington Times
Poetry . . . what distinguishes the book finally are the images, the phrases, the simple scenes that catch the ear like a sparkle catches the eye.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A remarkable story, written from the heart as only the best stories are.

Women's Review of Books
Remarkable . . . Cofer is a fine storyteller. Her prose conveys all the energy and mystery of anticipation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820340104
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,035,322
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author


Judith Ortiz Cofer is The Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.

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