” That’s why I write fiction, because I want to write these stories that people will read and find universal. “


” I feel like the kind of people I write about are the kind of people I grew up with, the families that I know in my community. Most everyone is working-class, and there are some intact families, but a lot of families aren’t. “


” I wanted to write about the experiences of the poor and the black and the rural people of the South. “


” My family and I survived Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we left my grandmother’s flooding house, were refused shelter by a white family, and took refuge in trucks in an open field during a Category Five hurricane. I saw an entire town demolished, people fighting over water, breaking open caskets searching for something that could help them survive. “



All 4 Jesmyn Ward Quotes about People in picture


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I feel like the kind of people I write about are the kind of people I grew up with, the families that I know in my community. Most everyone is working-class, and there are some intact families, but a lot of families aren
I wanted to write about the experiences of the poor and the black and the rural people of the South.
My family and I survived Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we left my grandmother

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