MANY AMERICANS DECRY the vast number of immigrants who enter our country each year and lament the quantity of drugs that crosses our borders, but the drugs, seasonal workers, and human traffickers wouldn’t come unless invited. You are invited to follow the struggles of a young woman in grave danger, and of the friends and family racing to save her.

“Hanes’ prose is tight, forthright, and no-nonsense as he illuminates the lives of multiple characters willing to risk everything for a chance at survival.”

-Kirkus Reviews

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“In The Bus to Beulah, E.C. Hanes skillfully zeroes in on what happens when our Byzantine immigration laws, the powerful farmers’ lobby, and local politics collide in bucolic North Carolina. Here a local sheriff investigates the disappearance of a young woman and finds exploitative conditions that allow a human and drug trafficking network to set up shop.”
former executive editor of The New York Times
The Bus to Beulah takes us on a fast and furious ride through some of America’s toughest territory—straight into border problems, trafficking, and drug cartels—featuring a Dickensian cast of characters swirling around the kidnapped Maria through eleven tense days. Topical, timely, terrifying. I read it in one sitting.”
best-selling author and winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters award for fiction, O’Henry Award, and the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature
In The Bus to Beulah, the author takes us through a journey where the sides of a well-known issue, separated by both a real and a metaphorical border, are exposed. Human trafficking and illegal immigration are rivaled by what we know to be true of the other side of history—the power and corruption found on this side of the border. Hanes’s prose give us the opportunity to find familiar stories and lives in each of the characters of this contemporary story full of action and intrigue.”
Executive Director, Acción Hispana—Qué Pasa Media
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