How Are You Going to Save Yourself by J. M. Holmes audiobook

How Are You Going to Save Yourself

By J. M. Holmes
Read by Damien Christopher

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown, Da Capo Press, Hachette Book Group 9780316514880
6.37 Hours Unabridged
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With potent immediacy and bracing candor, this powerful and provocative debut follows a decade in the lives of Dub, Rolls, Rye, and Gio, four young friends coming of age in the postindustrial enclave of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and struggling to liberate themselves from the legacies left to them as black men in America. As Gio recounts their grappling with the complexity of their family histories, with the newfound power of sex and drugs, and with the occasional violence of their desires, he proves himself an unforgettable narrator—beautifully flawed and unstintingly honest. In the tradition of Junot Díaz’s Drown and Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, J. M. Holmes’s How Are You Going to Save Yourself illuminates in breathtaking detail an entire world—one that has been underrepresented in American fiction. At times funny, often uncomfortable, and sometimes disturbing, these stories fearlessly address issues of race, sex, drugs, class, and family. J. M. Holmes is an explosive and timely new voice whose fiction has never been more vital and necessary.

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Summary

Summary

With potent immediacy and bracing candor, this powerful and provocative debut follows a decade in the lives of Dub, Rolls, Rye, and Gio, four young friends coming of age in the postindustrial enclave of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and struggling to liberate themselves from the legacies left to them as black men in America. As Gio recounts their grappling with the complexity of their family histories, with the newfound power of sex and drugs, and with the occasional violence of their desires, he proves himself an unforgettable narrator—beautifully flawed and unstintingly honest.

In the tradition of Junot Díaz’s Drown and Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, J. M. Holmes’s How Are You Going to Save Yourself illuminates in breathtaking detail an entire world—one that has been underrepresented in American fiction. At times funny, often uncomfortable, and sometimes disturbing, these stories fearlessly address issues of race, sex, drugs, class, and family. J. M. Holmes is an explosive and timely new voice whose fiction has never been more vital and necessary.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“These powerful stories herald the rise of an important and timely new voice among us.” Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author
“A tough and heartbreaking vision of masculinity, as powerful as it is uncomfortable. But boy is it worth the ride.” Ayana Mathis, New York Times bestselling author
“Holmes’ searing study of masculinity is offset by irresistible heart and biting humor.” Entertainment Weekly
“Holmes directly tackles issues of race, class, and sex…This wholly original book is a gripping examination of what it is to be a man in America.” Esquire
“An unflinching look at themes that not too many authors are eager to tackle and a book that asks important questions and challenges the reader to answer them honestly, as uncomfortable as those answers might be.” NPR
“As up-to-the-minute as a Kendrick Lamar track and as ruefully steeped in eternal truths as a Gogol tale, these stories mark the debut of an assured young talent.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Highlights the everyday travails of black men in America. Readers looking for timely, nuanced fiction about race and masculinity should definitely pick this up.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: J. M. Holmes

Author Bio: J. M. Holmes

J. M. Holmes was born in Denver and raised in Rhode Island. He won the Burnett Howe Prize for fiction at Amherst College, and received fellowships to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. He has worked in educational outreach in Iowa, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He lives in Milwaukee.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Runtime: 6.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English