In the haziness of the alcohol Meme thought with pleasure about the scandal that would have taken place if she were to express her thoughts at that moment, and the intimate satisfaction of her roguishness was so intense that Fernanda noticed it. --Gabriel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude
What I've Been Working on in my Lonely Rooms (or we got it for cheap)
My third book is a memoir titled Men We Reaped (Bloomsbury). It's about me and my family and five young men from my small community who died from 2000-2004. Writing it broke my heart, over and over again, but it's a story you need to read. You need to know how we're living and dying here. You need to know. So go read.
My second novel, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury) is a novel that follows a teenage girl, Esch, and her family during the ten days preceding Hurricane Katrina and during the immediate aftermath of the storm. Here in these Mississippi coastal backwoods, there are motherless children, beautiful pit bulls, lost girls, boys who ride bikes without seats, fights in basketball gyms, births, deaths, and more. Sit with me on the lip of this ditch. Come on: let me tell you a story.
Salvage the Bones won the National Book Award and the ALEX Award, was a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Fiction, and was a finalist for the Young Lions Award.
My debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds (Agate Bolden) is available now on Amazon.com, or you can find it at your local bookstore. Essence magazine chose the novel to be an Essence Magazine Book Club Selection, and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association chose it as a 2009 Honor Award recipient. It was also an honorable mention for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Fiction, and a finalist for the VCU/Cabell First Novelist Award.
I've also published stories, essays, and excerpts in the Oxford American, BOMB magazine, A Public Space, Electric Literature, and Oxford American.
I'm a former Stegner Fellow (Stanford University). I was the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. Now I'm an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama.
You can find me on twitter under the username: jesmimi.