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Author Archive: "Jesmyn Ward"

Jesmyn Ward: What I’m Giving

In this special series, we asked writers we admire to share a book they're giving to their friends and family this holiday season. Check back daily to see the books your favorite authors are gifting.

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"But time has taught me my options (who knows about the next man's?), my options are full of fast-twitch muscles."

Basketball or running from the law, these are the two options Champ feels he has in Mitchell S. Jackson's The Residue Years. The novel, a mother-son story set in Portland, Oregon, provides a window into the 1990s crack epidemic and the impact it had on one family, from the point of view of dealer and addict, both of whom reside within said family.


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