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Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward s first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty first century America An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power and limitations of family bonds 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 When the children s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary At Parchman, there is another thirteen year old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.

About the Author: Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward is the author of Where the Line Bleeds, Salvage the Bones, and Men We Reaped She is a former Stegner Fellow Stanford University and Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University.Her work has appeared in BOMB, A Public Space and The Oxford American.

10 thoughts on “Sing, Unburied, Sing

  1. says:

    I washed my hands every day, Jojo But that damn blood ain t never come out Such a stunning book.Sing, Unburied, Sing captivated me almost instantly THIS is how character driven family dramas should be, and there s nothing quite like a nice bit of dysfunctional family drama to keep me turning pages But I don t want to diminish the strength of this novel It is a character study of a contemporary Afri

  2. says:

    2 stars blame it on the ghostsIt was the ghosts, folks It was the ghosts that made me do it They made me change my mind and go with 2 stars instead of my original 3 It s just that they were such a big part of this book If they had been smaller and kept their mouths shut, I would be handing you 3 stars I wanted to be closer in stars to my gushing friends, but that just didn t happen I didn t like this book, per

  3. says:

    Beautifully written So many layers I don t know that there is another writer who captures the complexities of the south and the legacies of racism as well as Ward This is a brilliant novel But also, I did want the characters and the overall narrative to be fully developed, or perhaps multi dimensional An absolute must read, regardless.

  4. says:

    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best fiction what will happen Sometimes, the world don t give you what you need, no matter how hard you look Sometimes, it, i ve been meaning to review this for a couple of weeks now, and it s a real challenge, because there is no universe in which i feel qualified to convey how damn good this book is up there it s compared to morrison and faulkner, the odyssey and the

  5. says:

    Jesmyn Ward s Sing, Unburied, Sing is true Southern Gothicism at its finest It is a novel that I ve been waiting a very long time to read, and I mean that both literally and figuratively There is so much within these pages so much angst, so much wonder and so much sorrow that I am still grappling with it even now And that s a wonderful thing, the best feeling and the most lasting impression a writer can ever bestow on their reader.I rea

  6. says:

    This is a profoundly moving novel that tears your heart apart from the hugely gifted Jesmyn Ward It is Southern Gothic at its most impressive, set in the burning heat of the Mississippi Gulf coast It speaks of neglectful parents, ill equipped to bring up their mixed race children The black Leonie is a drug addict and troubled woman, moving in and out of 13 year old JoJo and his toddler sister, Kayla s lives as they reside with their beloved gran

  7. says:

    I listened to the audiobook of Salvage the Bones , a couple of months ago I was so engrossed, it was almost hard to distinguish one talent from the other the narrators voice or the authors writing Jesmyn Ward was a new author to me I remember I cringed at times and thought the language was beautiful NO SPOILERS..many other reviews came before me excellent ones describing the plot and sharing about the characters I read Michael s review which had me runni

  8. says:

    3.5 starsWell, this was certainly an intense, beautifully written novel I have to admit I went into this with some very high expectations, but also with a bit of reluctance I have seen much praise lavished on this book, and deservedly so despite my lower ranking compared with many of my trusted and much respected Goodreads friends I also had prior knowledge of a fairly large dose of magical realism which can sometimes muddy my enjoyment of a book However, I took

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