Men We Reaped: A Memoir




'A brutal, moving memoir … Anyone who emerges from America’s black working-class youth with words as fine as Ward’s deserves a hearing' - Guardian

'Raw, beautiful and dangerous' - New York Times Book Review

'Lavishly endowed with literary craft and hard-earned wisdom' - Time _______________

The beautiful, haunting memoir from Jesmyn Ward, the first woman to win the National Book Award twice

'And then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped' - Harriet Tubman

Jesmyn Ward’s acclaimed memoir shines a light on the community she comes from in the small town of DeLisle, Mississippi, a place of quiet beauty and fierce attachment. Here, in the space of four years, she lost five young black men dear to her, including her beloved brother – to accidents, murder and suicide.

Their deaths were seemingly unconnected, yet their lives had been connected by identity and place. As Jesmyn dealt with these losses, she came to a staggering truth: the fates of these young men were predetermined by who they were and where they were from, because racism and economic struggle breed a certain kind of bad luck.

The agonising reality brought Jesmyn to write, at last, their true stories and her own. _______________

'Acute and often beautiful' - Financial Times 'Haunting' - Laurie Penny, New Statesman Books of the Year 'Elegiac, rage-filled, and uncommonly brave' - Vogue 'A brilliant book about beauty and death' - Los Angeles Times 'Essential' - San Francisco Chronicle 'Burns with brilliance' - Harper's Bazaar 'Unvarnished and penetrating' - Elle

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