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Men we reaped : a memoir / Jesmyn Ward.

Men we reaped : a memoir / Jesmyn Ward.
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C0001713371 813.6 WAR
Non-Fiction   Innisfail . . Available .  
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ISBN 9781408851128
Call Number 813.6 WAR
Author Ward, Jesmyn
Title Men we reaped : a memoir / Jesmyn Ward.
Edition First edition.
Published London Bloomsbury, 2013.
copyright2013
Physical description 258 pages ; 22 cm.
Content type text
Media type unmediated
Carrier type volume
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary ...And then we heard the rain falling, and that was the drops of blood falling; and when we came to get the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.' Harriet Tubman In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five 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 high education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity.
Personal Subject Ward, Jesmyn -- Family
Ward, Jesmyn
Subject African Americans -- Mississippi -- Biography
African Americans -- Mississippi -- Social conditions -- 20th century
African American women authors -- Biography
Rural poor -- Mississippi -- Biography
African American men -- Mississippi
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