Men We Reaped: A Memoir


Men We Reaped: A Memoir Author Jesmyn Ward
ISBN-10 1608197654
ISBN-13 9781608197651
Year 2014-09-16
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher Bloomsbury USA
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Universally praised Jesmyn Ward s Men We Reaped confirmed her ascendancy as a writer of both fiction and nonfiction her Southern requiem securing its place on bestseller and best books of the year lists with honors and awards pouring in from around the country Jesmyn s memoir shines a light on the community she comes from in the small town of DeLisle Mississippi a place of quiet beauty and fierce attachment Here in the space of four years she lost five young men dear to her including her beloved brother lost to drugs accidents murder and suicide Their deaths were seemingly unconnected yet their lives had been connected by identity and place and as Jesmyn dealt with these losses she came to a staggering truth These young men died because of who they were and the place they were from because certain disadvantages breed a certain kind of bad luck Because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle The agonizing reality commanded Jesmyn to write at last their true stories and her own Men We Reaped opens up a parallel universe yet it points to problems whose roots are woven into the soil under all our feet This indispensable American memoir is destined to become a classic

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