Book Review: Jesmyn Ward, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

Rare is the book that you wish hadn’t ended at the same time you wish it didn’t ever have to be written. A thoughtful collection of poetry and prose  examining the state of racism after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on 9 August 2014 brought attention to the epidemic of police shootings of unarmed Black men in the US. At times heartbreaking, at times uplifting, this should be required reading for everyone. I especially loved Garnette Cadogan’s “Black and Blue,” pedestrian that I am.


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