Tyrese Coleman’s “How to Sit”

Offered as a “memoir in stories and essays,” the debut book from Tyrese Coleman, “How to Sit,” blurs the lines between genres and categories, focusing, instead, on searingly honest recollection of a childhood — and a life — shaped by unreliable women and predatory men. Coleman’s prose is spare, direct, powerful. “I am the product of rape,” she writes. “I am the product of slavery.” She’s also the product of what could be considered abusive (and largely absent) parents. The title piece refers to the appropriate time for a young lady to sit with her legs crossed (or uncrossed). The appropriate time to read this bracing and strangely beautiful book is now.

 

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