Signed copies will be available after September 25, 2013 and all orders will ship then. Jesmyn Ward will sign the copies at the book launch event in her hometown at Pass Christian Books. The book will only be opened for author signature. It is new and unread. The book will be carefully shipped to you in an archival cover. Also included will be a copy of the event poster. Men We Reaped is Ward's first book after the National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones. Men We Reaped is a memoir exploring the deaths of five young men in the community of Pass Christian/DeLisle. "An assured yet scarifying memoir by young, supremely gifted novelist [Jesmyn] Ward. With more gumption than many, Ward battled not only the indifferent odds of rural poverty, but also the endless racism of her classmates.A modern rejoinder to Black Like Me, Beloved and other stories of struggle and redemption - beautifully written, if sometimes too sad to bear." -- Kirkus Reviews Inscribed and personalized copies may be requested, but cannot guarantee the author will able to do so. Bookseller Inventory #
?We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.? -Harriet Tubman
In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life-to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth-and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own.
Jesmyn grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. She writes powerfully about the pressures this brings, on the men who can do no right and the women who stand in for family in a society where the men are often absent. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity. A brutal world rendered beautifully, Jesmyn Ward's memoir will sit comfortably alongside Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying, Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life, and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
About the Author: Jesmyn Ward received her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time and the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, the latter of which won the 2011 National Book Award and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Ward lives in DeLisle, Mississippi.
Title: Men We Reaped
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: 2013
Book Condition: New
Edition: 1st Edition
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