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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2017 ONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S BEST BOOKS OF 2017 SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES THE NEW STATESMAN THE FINANCIAL TIMES THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TIME AND THE BBC ‘A must’ Margaret Atwood ‘A searing urgent read’ Celeste Ng ‘Staggering’ Marlon James ‘Disarmingly beautiful’ Spectator ‘Blazing with power grief and tenderness’ Financial Times An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle Sing Unburied Sing examines 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. His mother Leonie is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances she wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs especially her drug use. 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 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. Rich with Ward’s distinctive lyrical language Sing Unburied Sing brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America.

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Weight 218 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 mm
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