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Jesmyn Ward (born April 1, 1977) is an American novelist and an associate professor of English at Tulane University. She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction for her second novel Salvage the Bones and won the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction for her novel Sing, Unburied, Sing. She also received a 2012 Alex Award for the story about familial love and community in facing Hurricane Katrina. She is the only woman and only African American to win the National Book Award for Fiction twice. Early life and education Jesmyn Ward was born in 1977 in Berkeley, California. She moved to DeLisle, Mississippi, with her family at the age of three. She developed a love-hate relationship with her hometown after having been bullied at public school by black classmates and subsequently by white students while attending a private school paid for by her mother's employer.The first in her family to attend college, she earned a B.A. in English, in 1999, and an M.A. in media studies and communication, in 2000, both at Stanford University. Ward chose to become a writer to honor the memory of her younger brother, who was killed by a drunk driver in October 2000, just after Ward had completed her master's degree.In 2005, Ward received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. Shortly afterwards, she and her family became victims of Hurricane Katrina. With their house in DeLisle flooding rapidly, the Ward family set out in their car to get to a local church, but ended up stranded in a field full of tractors. When the white owners of the land eventually checked on their possessions, they refused to invite the Wards into their home, claiming they were overcrowded. Tired and traumatized, the family was eventually given shelter by another white family down the road.Ward went on to work at the University of New Orleans, where her daily commute took her through the neighborhoods ravaged by the hurricane. Empathizing with the struggle of the survivors and coming to terms with her own experience during the storm, Ward was unable to write creatively for three years – the time it took her to find a publisher for her first novel, Where the Line Bleeds. Career In 2008, just as Ward had decided to give up writing and enroll in a nursing program, Where the Line Bleeds was accepted by Doug Seibold at Agate Publishing. The novel was picked as a Book Club Selection by Essence magazine and received a Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Honor Award in 2009. It was shortlisted for the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. Starting on the day twin protagonists Joshua and Christophe DeLisle graduate from high school, Where the Line Bleeds follows the brothers as their choices pull them in opposite directions. Unwilling to leave the small rural town on the Gulf Coast where they were raised by their loving grandmother, the twins struggle to find work, with Joshua eventually becoming a dock hand and Christophe joining his drug-dealing cousin. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called Ward "a fresh new voice in American literature" who "unflinchingly describes a world full of despair but not devoid of hope."In her second novel, Salvage the Bones, Ward homes in once more on the visceral bond between poor black siblings growing up on the Gulf Coast. Chronicling the lives of pregnant teenager Esch Batiste, her three brothers, and their father during the 10 days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, the day of the storm, and the day after, Ward uses a vibrant language steeped in metaphors to illuminate the fundamental aspects of love, friendship, passion, and tenderness. Explaining her main character's fascination with the Greek mythological figure of Medea, Ward told Elizabeth Hoover of The Paris Review: "It infuriates me that the work of white American writers can be universal and lay claim to classic texts, while black and female authors are ghetto-ized as 'other.' I wanted to align Esch with that classic text, with the universal figure of Medea, the antihero, to claim that tradition as part of my Western literary heritage. The stories I write are particular to my community and my people, which means the details are particular to our circumstances, but the larger story of the survivor, the savage, is essentially a universal, human one."On November 16, 2011, Ward won the National Book Award for Fiction for Salvage the Bones. Interviewed by CNN's Ed Lavandera on November 16, 2011, she said that both her nomination and her victory had come as a surprise, given that the novel had been largely ignored by mainstream reviewers. "When I hear people talking about the fact that they think we live in a post-racial America, … it blows my mind, because I don't know that place. I've never lived there. … If one day, … they're able to pick up my work and read it and see … the characters in my books as human beings and feel for them, then I think that that is a political act", Ward stated in a television interview with Anna Bressanin of BBC News on December 22, 2011.Ward received an Alex Award for Salvage the Bones on January 23, 2012. The Alex Awards are given out each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association to ten books written for adults that resonate strongly with young people aged 12–18. Commenting on the winning books in School Library Journal, former Alex Award committee chair, Angela Carstensen described Salvage the Bones as a novel with "a small but intense following – each reader has passed the book to a friend."Prior to her appointment at Tulane, Ward was an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. From 2008 to 2010, Ward had a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She was the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the 2010–2011 academic year. Ward joined the faculty at Tulane in the fall of 2014. In 2013, she released her memoir Men We Reaped. In 2017, she was the recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. That same year, she received a second National Book Award for her third novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, which made her the first woman to win two National Book Awards for Fiction. The novel also won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.In July 2011, Ward wrote that she had finished the first draft of her third book, calling it the hardest thing she had ever written. It was a memoir titled Men We Reaped and was published in 2013. The book explores the lives of her brother and four other young black men who lost their lives in her hometown.In August 2016, Simon & Schuster released The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, edited by Ward. The book takes as its starting point James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, his classic 1963 examination of race in America. Contributors to The Fire This Time include Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Garnett Cadogan,.... Discover the Jesmyn Ward popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Jesmyn Ward books.

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Where the Line Bleeds

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The first novel from National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward, a timeless Southern fable of brotherly love and familial conflict—“a lyrical yet...

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À Bois Sauvage, dans l’État du Mississippi, dix jours avant l’arrivée de l’ouragan Katrina, une famille tente de se mettre à l’abri. Vue à travers les yeux d’une adolescente d...

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A collection of the year’s best stories selected by celebrated two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward“One of the most searing and singularly gifted ...

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Jojo og hans lillesøster Kayla bor hos deres bedsteforældre Mam og Pop ved kysten i Mississippi. De ser til tider deres mor Leonie, som kæmper med sit stofmisbrug. Leonie trøstes og hjem...

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 En Jojo és un nen mestís que viu amb els seus avis i la seva germana. La seva mare és una dona absent que té visions del seu germà mort i que viu perdudament enamorada del se...

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A revelatory, uplifting, and gorgeously illustrated meditation on dedication, hard work, and the power of perseverance from the beloved, New York Times bestselling, and two-time Na...

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Jojo är tretton år och växer upp i en trasig familj i ett fattigt Mississippi. Mamman Leonie orkar inte med ansvaret för Jojo och hans lillasyster utan flyr in i knarkets dimmor. Pappan ...

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Tierna, humana y rebosante de crudeza y esperanza, Jesmyn Ward nos regala esta magnífica novela premiada con el National Book Award 2011. Es temporada de huracanes en el golfo de Méxic...

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WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEARA finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary P...

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Fjortonåriga Esch Batiste är en iakttagare. I den kvävande hettan vid Mississippis kust ser hon sin alkoholiserade pappa försöka rusta familjens ruckel. Hon ser Randall, sin äldste bro...

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Winner of the National Book Award Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing, delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty ...

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Joshua e Christophe sono gemelli e vivono a Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, insieme alla dolce Ma-mee, la nonna cieca che si è sempre presa cura di loro. La madre, Cille, si è trasferita ad Atl...

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Men We Reaped

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Named one of the Best Books of the Century by New York Magazine Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the Bones, Sing, Unburied, Sing) contends with the deaths ...

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Jojo má trinásť rokov a snaží sa pochopiť, čo znamená byť mužom. Môže sa inšpirovať viacerými otcovskými postavami – najmä jeho černošským starým otcom, ktorému hovor...

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Jojo ha tredici anni, e cerca di capire cosa vuol dire diventare un uomo. Vive con la madre Leonie, la sorellina Kayla e il nonno Pop, che si prende cura di loro e della nonna Mam, in fin di...

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The New York Times bestseller, these groundbreaking essays and poems about race—collected by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward and written by the most important voices of he...

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À Bois Germaine, dans l'État de Louisiane, deux frères jumeaux entrent dans l'âge adulte : l'un trouve du travail, l'autre pas. L'un s'élèvera, l'autre chutera... Premier roman de J...

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Grand Prix des lectrices ELLE 2019 Prix America 2019 Jojo n'a que treize ans mais c'est déjà l'homme de la maison. Son grand-père lui a tout appris : nourrir les animaux de la ferme, s'oc...

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Bloomsbury presents Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, read by January LaVoy."And then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in t...

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National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essa...

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WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEARA finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary P...

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A stunning debut novel from Jesmyn Ward, Where the Line Bleeds is a rich tale of twins raised by their grandmother in a stiflingly poor rural community on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Up...

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