Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?: Essays

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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Jesse McCarthy is Assistant Professor in the departments of English and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He has published articles and reviews in the journals transposition, NOVEL, and African American Review and contributed chapters to Richard Wright in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and Ralph Ellison in Context (forthcoming) as well as a new introduction for Vincent O. Carter's long out-of-print memoir The Bern Book (Dalkey Archive, 2020). He is also the author of Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul? a collection of essays (Liveright, 2021) and a novel, The Fugitivities (Melville House, 2021).


This is a very smart and soulful book. Jesse McCarthy is a terrific essayist.--Zadie Smith
Having grown up in Paris, where he moved with his parents, both journalists, when he was 8, the author bears witness to 'the Paris of color, of difference' that marginalizes Black immigrants. The tragic terrorist attacks at Bataclan in 2015, writes McCarthy, communicated 'a desperate will to power' by those who believe verbal expression impossible. Urbane, penetrating cultural analysis.--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
McCarthy's analyses and observations are masterfully articulated, as are his dissents...[his] essays are richly varied, and one surmises the abundant intersections of art and race were in large measure informed by his own experiences growing up Black in America and in France... With a younger readership at the top of his mind but an open invitation to all, McCarthy seems determined to draw attention to African-Americans' 'true strength' and 'worth.' He well knows that if despair brought on by a troubled world is to be kept in check, the right prescriptions must be offered, the right traditions advanced, the right lessons drawn, and from the right people.--Jerald Walker - New York Times Book Review