Saeed Jones, How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir

Saeed Jones, How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir

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 adolescence—into 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 another—and to one another—as we fight to become ourselves.

Saeed Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize winning poet. His debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise is out now from Coffee House Press. His memoir How We Fight For Our Lives was winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction, and was named one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019.

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