Author: Jesmyn Ward

Book Review: Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Posted March 19, 2014 in Reviews / 10 Comments
Book Review: Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

In four years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men she cared deeply about. On the surface, these men, including her brother, died from drug overdose, homicide, suicide, and car crashes. However, in her struggle to make sense of these deaths, Ward sees a deeper cause. These men died because they were male and Southern and Black*. In her memoir, Ward tells the story of her family, memorializes the men she lost, and seeks insight into their deaths. Men We Reaped […]

Book Review: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Posted May 6, 2013 in Reviews / 13 Comments
Book Review: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

In Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, the radio warns of an impending hurricane, but the Batiste children aren’t worried. Only their hard-drinking, widowed father is concerned that this hurricane will be worse than all of the others his family has experienced. As Daddy prepares for the hurricane, Esch, our fifteen-year-old narrator, struggles with her discovery that she is pregnant; Skeeter takes care of his prized pit bull, China, and her newborn puppies; Randall practices for an important basketball game; and Junior, the […]