Books The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson Hardcover, 543 pages, HarperCollins, List Price: $27.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Twelve-Mile StraightAuthorEleanor Henderson Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary Set in the South during the Great Depression, The Twelve-Mile Straight takes an entirely fresh view on big American themes — race, heredity, inequality, shame — in a time of financial crisis and racialized violence. Genres: Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Fiction Also by Eleanor Henderson Ten Thousand Saints Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Twelve-Mile Straight Review Book Reviews In 'The Twelve-Mile Straight,' Characters Are Symbols First, People Second September 21, 2017 Eleanor Henderson's novel, set in 1930s Georgia, seeks to portray a time when "slavery was over, but not past," says our reviewer. But a lack of nuance keeps its characters from emerging as individuals.