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Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward X
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
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    Sep 2017, 304 pages
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    May 2018, 288 pages

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A journey 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.

"I like to think I know what death is. I like to think that it's something I could look at straight." These haunting lines come from the mouth of 13-year-old Jojo. With an absent father and a drug-addicted mother, the mixed-race boy is forced to grow up in a hurry as he is often the sole caretaker of his toddler sister, Kayla. His black grandmother Mam is wasting away from cancer, and grandfather Pop is struggling with his own demons even as he tries to provide a measure of moral guidance to his grandson.

Jojo and his mother, Leonie, narrate most of Sing, Unburied, Sing in alternating chapters as the story travels back and forth in time, the past forever casting a shadow over the present. Like Jesmyn Ward's National Book award-winning Salvage the Bones, this novel, too, is set in the fictional town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, a place ravaged by poverty and subject to nature&#...

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