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Cuz: An American Tragedy

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Booklist, and Shelf Awareness
A School Library Journal "In the Margins" Recommendation

“An elegiac memoir and social jeremiad,” Cuz is “a literary and political event like Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark” (Henry Louis Gates Jr.).

First appearing in The New Yorker, Danielle Allen’s Cuz announced the arrival of one of our most gifted literary memoirists. In this “compassionate retelling of an abjectly tragic story” (New York Times), Danielle Allen—a prize-winning scholar—recounts her heroic efforts to rescue Michael Alexander Allen, her beloved baby cousin, who was arrested at fifteen for an attempted carjacking. Tried as an adult and sentenced to thirteen years, Michael served eleven. Three years later, he was dead. Why did this gifted young man, who dreamed of being a firefighter and a writer, end up murdered? Why did he languish in prison? And why at fifteen was he in an alley in South Central Los Angeles, holding a gun while trying to steal someone’s car? Hailed as a “literary miracle” (Washington Post), this fierce family memoir makes mass incarceration nothing less than a new American tragedy.

Danielle Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and author of Cuz and Our Declaration, winner of the Parkman Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

ISBN: 9781631494949

ISBN-10: 9781631494949

Publisher: Liveright

Publication Date: 09/04/2018 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/04/2018 - 12:00am

Pages: 256

Language: English

Categories

Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

Social Science / Sociology / Urban

Social Science / Penology