We Are Bridges: A Memoir (Paperback)

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In her beautiful, debut memoir Cassandra Lane delves into the tragedy of her great grandfather's lynching in Mississipi, and how this trauma has affected her family. It is about this and much more....growing up in the south, two marriages,  pregnancy choices, and an intense drive to become a writer. Lane's narrative is as compelling as it is poetic. It is about grief, yes, but also about love and hope. I can't wait to see what she writes next!

— From Wendy's Picks

A lyrical memoir reconstructing the lost history of a Black American family.

When Cassandra Lane finds herself pregnant at thirty-five, the knowledge sends her on a poignant exploration of memory to prepare for her entry into motherhood. She moves between the twentieth-century rural South and present-day Los Angeles, reimagining the intimate life of her great-grandparents Mary Magdalene Magee and Burt Bridges, and Burt's lynching at the hands of vengeful white men in his southern town.

We Are Bridges turns to creative nonfiction to reclaim a family history from violent erasure so that a mother can gift her child with an ancestral blueprint for their future. Haunting and poetic, this debut traces the strange fruit borne from the roots of personal loss in one Black family--and considers how to take back one's American story.

"An exceptional memoir of self-discovery through family histories." --Foreword Reviews (starred review)

"We Are Bridges makes a stunning contribution to what must become our collective memory." --NPR

Cassandra Lane is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. Lane received her MFA from Antioch University LA. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times's Conception series, the Times-Picayune, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and elsewhere. She is managing editor of L.A. Parent magazine and formerly served on the board of the AROHO Foundation.
Product Details ISBN: 9781952177927
ISBN-10: 1952177928
Publisher: Feminist Press
Publication Date: April 20th, 2021
Pages: 232
Language: English