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Jesmyn Ward poses for a portrait near DeLisle Bayou in DeLisle, Miss. Ward, 40, has chosen to return to DeLisle and raise her children there, despite her profound ambivalence about what the town represents. Emily Kask for NPR hide caption

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Writing Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward Salvages Stories Of The Silenced

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'Reaped' Is A Reminder That No One Is Promised Tomorrow

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New Memoir Recounts Black Lives 'Reaped' Too Young

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Jesmyn Ward, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction for her book Salvage the Bones, poses at the National Book Awards Wednesday night. Tina Fineberg/AP hide caption

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Listen to Jaimy Gordon read from 'Lord of Misrule'

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