Men We Reaped: A Memoir (Hardback)Jesmyn Ward (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 401 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
Her powerful, chatty memoir blends the story of her escape to university and the writing life, with the lives of five men whose deaths are anything but exceptional in a divided America * New Statesman *
Jesmyn Ward is an alchemist. She transmutes pain and loss into gold. Men We Reaped illustrates hardships but thankfully, vitally, it's just as clear about the humor, the intelligence, the tenderness, the brilliance of the folks in DeLisle, Mississippi. A community that's usually wiped off the literary map can't be erased when its in a book this good * Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver *
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 *
There's something of Faulkner to Ward's grand diction * Observer *
Men We Reaped is a fiercely felt meditation on the value of life that at once reminds us of its infinite worth and indicts us - as a society - for our selective, casual complicity in devaluing it. Ward's account of these losses is founded in a compelling emotional honesty, and graced with moments of stark poetry * Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl *
Not just a stylistic literary masterpiece but an unanswerable indictment of American inhumanity ... Lesser beings would have been driven into despair by the author's experience but she has kept cool, never surrendering to bitterness and hatred, and has done us a huge favour by producing this profound noble and purifying work ... Our young people need to be subjected to well-meaning exhortations to behave in a civilised manner to each other - they should read and learn from masterpieces like Men We Reaped * Robert Govender, New World *
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