Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward leaves the reader spinning through their own convictions and deeper insights of the prevailing difficulties men (Black and in unequal situations) are forced to live…..and ultimately die in. Ward presents a very intimate recollection of the men in her life–so common among us all–but at the time of their deaths. We readers are pulled into an inner diatribe against society’s unequal treatment of these men. We are angered by these men whose lives we’ve reaped. And we are convicted by Ward showing this constant battle of man vs. poverty where man is again defeated. BuytheBook
Ward is a former Stegner fellow at Stanford and Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Her novels, Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, are both set on the Mississippi coast where she grew up. Bloomsbury will publish her memoir about an epidemic of deaths of young black men in her community. She is an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama.