Book Review: “Men We Reaped” by Jesmyn Ward

"Men We Reaped" by Jesmyn Ward
I purchased Men We Reaped after a riveting hour-long interview Jesmyn Ward gave to NPR radio stung me with anticipation.

The book changed my life.

Ward takes you back and forth through time seamlessly, on a journey to uncover meaning behind the deaths of five men in her life. Along the way I played devil’s advocate in my head. As the answers begin to appear through the Louisiana fog, I looked for ‘holes’ in the theory. I found no valid reasons why a critic might dismiss her case.

That’s just one of the themes. There are others, but simply listing them here in a sentence would be an injustice. Ward weaves them into the memoir using the very personal thread of her own life story. Technically, the writing is a virtuoso; I found myself re-reading paragraphs and wondering, ‘How did she just do that?‘ Emotionally, it is raw electricity.

Simply put, everyone needs to read this book. It is too important not to.

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