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New In Paperback This Summer: ‘The Fugitivities’ by Jesse McCarthy

Assistant Professor of English and of African and African American Studies Jesse McCarthy is pictured in the Barker Center at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

he Fugitivities by Jesse McCarthy is a powerful debut novel about a young Black American learning the difficulties of forming your own identity when society has already assigned you one.

The Fugitivities follows a young Back man living in New York City, Jonah Winters, who is learning the difficulties of forming his own identity when society has already assigned him one. Through a series of events and lots of travel, Jonah makes and breaks friendships, reflects on his past relationships, and learns to be self-reliant. He slowly forms an understanding of his identity, community, and freedom that is rarely afforded to young Black men.

Jesse McCarthy is the author of the essay collection Who Will Pay Reparations On My Soul? and has written for several publications including The New York Times, n+1, and The New Republic. He is a contributing editor at The Point and is an associate professor of English, African American, and African History at Harvard. This is his first novel.

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