This slim volume navigates Barrera’s pregnancy, birth, and those first shattering days of early motherhood. In snippets reminiscent of the short breaks in between wakings and feedings, Barrera interweaves her reading life and lived life, creating a poignant primer that will be a kindred comfort and stalwart courage to any reader. Linea Nigra is a rich record of a life steeped in feminist art, revealing intersections in the body and the world; the individual and the collective.
Linea Nigra by Jazmina Barrera, (List Price: $21.95, Two Lines Press, 9781949641301, May 2022)
Reviewed by Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia