The connections I drew in Ward’s stories are the loss of her brother death and the admirable of Ward to her brother life when he moved into his father’s house. The death of her brother causes her the most pain because she did not believed the summer of 2000 was the last time she spend with Josh. Ward is also admired her brother when he moved out to their father but Josh had to survived and paid mortgage bills because their father does not have money. Josh dropped ninth grade, stole items at Walmart and got banned, he even sold drug around. Ward was feeling sorry for him because he is very smart in her eyes and he is a great potential guy. For this reason, after Josh death Ward cut her wrist, she got a tattoos of his signature and a tattoos said: “Love brother.” This make me feel so emotional because cutting wrist is an action of hurt, pain, a little bit contempt of suicide and memorable. The element that I did not understand was Ward’s father reaction to Josh’s death when he was on the phone telling Ward about him did not make it. As Ward described her dad reaction on page 228: “only breathed, breathe broken, and broken breath.” I wonder what does it mean and is he regretted?
3. In my understanding, the stories of Ward presented racism, black cultures, community as a whole. On page 248 she said: “You are nothing. We tried to ignore it, but sometime we caught ourselves repeating what history said, mumbling along, brainwashed: I am nothing. We drank too much, we smoke too