” My father owned pit bulls when I was young. He sometimes fought them. My brother and a lot of the men in my community owned pit bulls as well: sometimes they fought them for honor, never for money. “


” When I was writing my first novel, ‘Where the Line Bleeds,’ which had young black men as its main characters, I was very invested in telling the story and also very worried about the effects the story would have. “


” By the time I wrote my memoir, ‘Men We Reaped,’ I had been running from writing it for a long time. When the events in the book were happening, I knew I’d probably write about them one day. I didn’t want to. I’d studied fiction, and I was committed to establishing myself as a fiction writer first. “


” Writing ‘Men We Reaped’ broke me in different ways at different spots in the drafting process. The first draft was hard because I was just getting it out. In some ways, that draft failed. I was really just telling the story, not making assessments – this happened, then this. Just putting those facts down on paper was really painful. “



All 4 Jesmyn Ward Quotes about Men in picture


My father owned pit bulls when I was young. He sometimes fought them. My brother and a lot of the men in my community owned pit bulls as well: sometimes they fought them for honor, never for money.
When I was writing my first novel,
By the time I wrote my memoir,
Writing

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