Primarily through adolescent narrators, Boys to Men is a series of short stories that attempts to identify the lessons, traumas, and joys that offer—and in some cases, withhold—the tools that allow Black boys to become Black men. In "Hard Ball," an eleven-year-old baseball player on the cusp of entering middle school wants nothing more than to be less sensitive. In "That's the Way Love Goes," a fifteen-year-old visiting Florida for the summer faces his first hurricane, alone with only his grandmother and unresolved family turmoil as company. And in "Hallelujah," a young church-goer publicly challenges a powerful, yet unruly spiritual leader in an endeavor to defend the people he loves. Through the intersections of masculinity, racism, family, and even religion, this collection offers a unique perspective of how these various experiences influence the everchanging manhood of Black boys.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Bradley, Brandon, "Boys to Men" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1520.