Dark of the Center Line

Dark of the Center Line

Abraham Jacobsen is misfit for this world, cursed with a past he cannot escape, burdened with dreams he cannot explain.


Abraham Jacobsen is misfit for this world. His peculiar gifts have cursed him with a past of good deeds he cannot escape, with dreams and visions he cannot explain, with a future as stone-set as the etchings on a grave marker. Now, just as he has found a suitable place to loose his haunted thoughts in the outer blanks of rural Illinois, Abraham finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of a local girl. He is edged in upon by a priest who wants to see him canonized, an ancient vigilante group with ties to the county’s founding fathers, the dead girl’s farmer father, and local law enforcement.

In his roving, Abraham has burned up the road of life in both directions, scorching and scarring as many as he has helped or healed. And the journey has only taken him deeper within the dark of the center line, into a country nothing-world of fields, farms, and roads, a place that seems peopled with his own inner demons and bad memories. But does the dark of the center line lead somewhere too?

'Dark of the Center Line' has been announced as winner of the 2017 International Book Award for the "Visionary Fiction" category.


Dark of the Center Line, brilliant as it may be, is difficult. The story hurdles back and forth along a complex timeline completely unpredictably, leaving you wondering when in the book that last couple of pages is going to make any sense. Thankfully, by the last page everything falls into place and you’re left grinning at the cleverness of the whole thing, flicking back through the chapters to re-read paragraphs that can now be understood. I loved it... My advice: read this book, and then read it again and again. Read between the lines; read beyond the lines – there’s a lot to be learned from a text as perceptive as this. Don’t miss it. ~ Georgie Evans, Cultured Vultures

Schuy R. Weishaar
Schuy R. Weishaar Schuy R. Weishaar is author of a monograph on philosophy and film, Masters of the Grotesque: The Cinema of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Co...
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