Heavy

by Kiese Laymon

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Heavy

by Kiese Laymon


Summaries

  • One should focus on the good

    A person can’t control the fact that there will always be unfairness and misfortune. But one thing a person can control is the way they think. There can be great power in the ability to focus on the good and on the things that one can do to change hurtful situations. At one point Laymon is reminded

  • Hard truths must be faced

    People can be held back by a reluctance to face the ugly details of their pasts or their current situations. At the same time, they can find momentary comfort in forgetting. Such is the case with Laymon’s grandmother, who in once scene wants to forget about her day spent washing other peoples’ dirty

  • Deep bonds can be resilient

    A deep longing for connection with family members can persist despite mistreatment and years of miscommunication. Although beaten by her in his youth, the young Laymon still delights and finds great comfort in the presence of his mother. In the wake of violence by her hand, he imagines the kinds of

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