Danielle Allen: Cuz

Allen’s poignant memoir recounts the troubled life and tragic death of her young cousin Michael Allen. At fifteen, Michael found guilty of carjacking and sentenced as an adult to eleven years in prison. While serving his time, he fell in love with Bree, a transgender. Released at twenty-six, Michael struggled to move on. The tumultuous relationship with Bree ended his life. In addition to her personal story, Allen provides insightful account of the injustice system of incarceration in America, particularly toward black males. It’s a devastating, informing read.