How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

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Simon & Schuster Audio
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5.6 X 5.8 X 0.6 inches | 0.75 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

Saeed Jones is the author of Prelude to Bruise, winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The poetry collection was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as awards from Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle in 2015. Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Lewisville, Texas. He earned a BA at Western Kentucky University and an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, and tweets @TheFerocity.


"This memoir is a rhapsody in the truest sense of the word...[a] rare book that will show you what it means to be needful, to be strong, to be gloriously human and fighting for your life."

-- "Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author"

"Scorching...a commentary not only on what it takes to become truly and wholly oneself but on race and LGBTQ identity, power and vulnerability, and how relationships can make and break us along the way."

-- "Good Housekeeping"

"[This] memoir marks the emergence of a major literary voice...written with masterful control of both style and material."

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

"Powerful...Jones is a remarkable, unflinching storyteller, and his book is a rewarding page-turner."

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

"From a young age growing up in the South, Jones believed that "being a black gay boy is a death wish." In his memoir, which begins in the late 1990s, he unknots his complicated relationship with his mother and the lingering wounds of his childhood. But the book is also a sexual coming-of-age story, giving an cleareyed look at his relationships and romantic encounters."

-- "New York Times Book Review"