“Men in sagging pants with their heads bent together,murmuring, ducking into cor…

“Men in sagging pants with their heads bent together,murmuring, ducking into corner stores that sold POBOYS SHRIMP OYSTER.” p.4

Powerful and told completely from the heart. This memoir is beautifully written and is a story that needs to be told. 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love Jesmyn Ward’s writing and to hear her words share her personal story is so powerful. There seemed to be a nagging feeling I had though, something I felt was keeping me from giving it 5 stars. Then I read a review that Roxane Gay wrote and it absolutely summed up what I was feeling: ” Instead, that the culprits of these men’s demise is inextricably bound to race is treated as assumption when it needs to be far more fully realized and plainly articulated”. Yes, Ms. Ward weaves a very compelling argument but I did want her to articulate it more obviously to those who may not see the connections between race, poverty and death. Thank goodness there are people who are far more articulate than I am to help me flush out my own opnions! I always appreciate reading with the buddy group because we have such great discussions and perspectives! Such a wonderful addition to my reading experience! readwithtoni ❤️



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