Review of Fire Shut Up in My Bones

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Fire Shut Up in My Bones
 by Charles M. Blow

Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available : September 23, 2014

Review written by : Kristie Hendricks

Fire Shut Up in My Bones explores the complexities of sexuality, race, and poverty in our society from the unique mosaic of the individual. With the same concise and powerful writing of his columns, Charles M. Blow paints his childhood, raw and real, from a voice aware and analytical in good measure. He makes Gibsland, Louisiana and his personal pain utterly accessible.


Mostly, the memoir focuses on the long lasting affects of sexual abuse. Just as in Jeremiah 20:9 from which the title is derived, the feelings inside of Blow concerning his sexuality were like a fire and we can look to the end of the passage for more insight, “I am weary of holding it in; indeed I…

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