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Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward appears in the following:

In Beyoncé's 'Formation,' A Glorification Of 'Bama' Blackness

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Author Jesmyn Ward won a National Book Award for Salvage the Bones, her gritty and lyrical novel of Hurricane Katrina-era Mississippi. In this essay, as in all of her work, she doesn't mince words.

I was a freshman at Stanford University the first time someone called me a ...

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Jesmyn Ward: Waiting for Katrina

Friday, January 03, 2014

Jesmyn Ward was an unknown novelist when her second book, Salvage the Bones, won the National Book Award in 2011. She’s recently written a memoir called The Men We Reaped that ended u...

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Jesmyn Ward on Men We Reaped

Monday, September 30, 2013

Jesmyn Ward talks about losing five young men in her life to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the problems poverty brings, particularly for black men. In Men We Reaped she writes of the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends and of her exploration into the forces that shaped their lives and led to their deaths—the racism and economic struggles that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships.

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Jesmyn Ward: Waiting for Katrina

Friday, June 15, 2012

Jesmyn Ward was at the tail end of summer break when Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown of Delisle, Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast. That harrowing experience inspired Ward’s novel...

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Bold, Beautiful Violence In A Strange, Savage Town

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

[Spoiler alert: This review gives away some elements of the story.]

When a friend gave me Merce Rodoreda's Death in Spring, he told me it would blow my mind. Ten pages in, I doubted his claim.

The book begins when the narrator, a 14-year-old boy from a small mountain village, ...

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Jesmyn Ward: Waiting for Katrina

Friday, October 28, 2011

Jesmyn Ward was at the end of her summer break when Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown of Delisle, Mississippi. Bonus Track: Jesmyn Ward reads from Salvage the Bones

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