**A 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST** ';A coming-of-age memoir marks the emergence of a major literary voiceMasterful.' Kirkus Reviews (starred review) ';An astonishing, unparalleled memoirA rhapsody in the truest sense of the word.' Roxane Gay ';Every single living half-grown and grown-up body needs to read this book.' Jacqueline Woodson One of the most anticipated books of Fall 2019as selected by O, The Oprah Magazine; Marie Claire; Entertainment Weekly; Time; The Millions; Parade; Library Journal; Booklist; Refinery29; Pacific Standard; Good Housekeeping; Nylon; Pacific Standard; Goodreads; and more.';People don't just happen,' writes Saeed Jones. ';We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The ';I' it seems doesn't exist until we are able to say, ';I am no longer yours.'' Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir. Jones tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescenceinto tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one anotherand to one anotheras we fight to become ourselves. An award-winning poet, Jones has developed a style that's as beautiful as it is powerfula voice that's by turns a river, a blues, and a nightscape set ablaze. How We Fight for Our Lives is a one-of-a-kind memoir and a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.
How We Fight for Our Lives A Memoir
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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