How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

Saeed Jones
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Haunted and haunting, Jones's memoir 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 hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence, into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a more extensive examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what people all do for each another, and to each another, as people fight to become ourselves.