Writer Jesmyn Ward discusses the role and strength of women in her community, and the time it took to write and understand the loss of her loved ones for her memoir “Men We Reaped.”
In the space of four years, writer Jesmyn Ward endured the loss of five friends and family members — all black men from rural Mississippi. In her new memoir, "Men We Reaped," she sets out to understand why. Ward talks to Jeffrey Brown about some of the institutional forces, coupled with personal choices, behind their deaths. Continue reading
“Salvage the Bones,” a new novel by Jesmyn Ward, tells the story of a Mississippi Gulf Coast family in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in the U.S. now six years ago this week.