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Published in: March-April 2020 issue.


How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir
by Saeed Jones
Simon & Schuster. 193 pages, $26.



HOW WE FIGHT for Our Lives is a deeply compelling and personal memoir about growing up black and gay in a world where being either can be challenging, and the combination can be deadly. Saeed Jones, author of the poetry collection Prelude to Bruise (2014), writes eloquently powerful prose about his many painful experiences, with insightful observations about desire, family relationships, and other issues.

            Growing up in the South, the only child of a single mother, Jones faces anxieties well known to many gay boys.

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Charles Green is a writer based in Annapolis, Maryland.