Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Jojo and his toddler sister Kayla live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother Leonie on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm--the Mississippi State Penitentiary--on a journey rife with danger and promise"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501126062
1501126067
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number: WARD, J

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Nicr Oct 27, 2017

"It's all happening at once. All of it. We all here at once." Ghosts walk and are seen; animals speak and are heard. An extraordinary book.


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MonicaMcFee
Feb 15, 2018

Jesmyn Ward has quickly become my new writer crush. I could hardly wait to read all of her works. And they never disappoint. Now waiting semi-patiently for the next one.
Note: I tried to give this 5 stars, but was unable to correct. This book is THAT good!

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Swishyskirt
Feb 13, 2018

One of those stories that stay with you. I felt the ending to be underwhelming, there was so much build up to the climax and I felt nearly abandoned by how quickly it ended afterwards. These characters and their stories will stay with you long after the last page is read.

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LucasHill
Feb 11, 2018

A heartbreaking comment on the corrosive nature of poverty has on Black bodies, specifically on those inhabited by young man Jojo, his mother and his sister. Told through flashback, too, is the memory of a boy who was destroyed while living in a Southern work prison, and the act of mercy performed by his friend. Makes the assertion that, by and large, life for African Americans has not improved over the last 70 years.

AL_LESLEY Feb 08, 2018

This book is a tough one. Short but full of meaning and feeling. Ward wrote so wonderfully that I could almost see, smell and hear what was written. Some of it was so visceral I felt angry and a bit ill. I wouldn't want to fall into this book for sure but it is definitely amazing.

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made_up_name
Feb 08, 2018

I gave this book 1.5 stars. Well written at times, but very sloppy most of the time. This author is over-hyped for someone who has so little talent.

SCL_Justin Jan 25, 2018

Sing, Unburied, Sing is a ghost story. I didn't realize that going in. I thought it was going to be a well-told tale of family life in troubling circumstances in the South, which was definitely the case, but the ghosts were an extra. I enjoyed the complexity of the relationships, and the fraughtness of everything. Not a feelgood book, but who looks to ghost stories to feel good?

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rahoward
Jan 18, 2018

Magical and captivating story of loss and hope.

DBRL_LaurenW Jan 17, 2018

One of the best books I read in 2017. Lyrical and haunting. Ward's prose is beautiful, which makes the novel's ache and sadness bearable.

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Lindylou1776
Jan 12, 2018

I loved the imagery and could not put it down.

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ronandlynda
Jan 10, 2018

#4 on Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of 2017

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