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Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a
man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black
grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his
understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released
from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t
acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given,
who died as a teenager.
His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister’s lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is Black and her children’s father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.