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Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel


Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel

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Sep 5, 2017
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9781508236139
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Note de l'éditeur

Beauty that lingers…

This winner of the 2017 National Book Award draws on Morrison, Faulkner, and Greek myths to play with the classic American road novel, weaving magical realism into the modern, rural South. Sentences rise together to form a penetrating story that lingers like fog on the Mississippi bayou where the novel is set.

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The searing and profound odyssey of a Southern family—by National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward.

In Jesmyn Wards's first novel since her National Book Award-winner, Salvage the Bones, she returns to Mississippi and the grand themes of her earlier work. Confronting the realities of life in the rural South, Ward gives us an epochal story, a road novel through Mississippi's past and present that explores the bonds of family as tested by racism and poverty. Told in Ward's rich, lyrical language, this majestic novel is impossible to ignore.

For Pop and Mam, their daughter Leonie, and her kids Jojo and Kayla, life is hard: Mam has cancer, Pop is preoccupied by working their small parcel of land, Leonie has a meth problem, and Jojo and Kayla seek love from their grandparents rather than their absent mother. Their lives are further complicated when Leonie gets the call from the white father of her children that he's up for parole. She quickly gathers her kids, recruits a friend for the ride, and embarks on the journey north to the Delta to collect Michael at Parchman Farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary. But no journey for a woman like Leonie through this state is without danger, and many things go wrong, sometimes dramatically.

If the trip to Parchman is rocky, the return is worse, and arriving at home doesn't bring Leonie and her family the peace they seek. Instead, two battles ensue: one with Mississippi's present and another with its horrific past. Raw, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, Jesmyn Ward's novel grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of our national story, paying tribute to Faulkner and Morrison, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, all while showcasing the major talents of this singular American voice.
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Sep 5, 2017
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À propos de l'auteur

Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has received the MacArthur Genius Grant, a Stegner Fellowship, a John and Renee Grisham Writers Residency, and the Strauss Living Prize. She is the winner of two National Book Awards for Fiction for Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) and Salvage the Bones (2011). She is also the author of the novel Where the Line Bleeds and the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and the Media for a Just Society Award. She is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University and lives in Mississippi.


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  • This winner of the 2017 National Book Award draws on Morrison, Faulkner, and Greek myths to play with the classic American road novel, weaving magical realism into the modern, rural South. Sentences rise together to form a penetrating story that lingers like fog on the Mississippi bayou where the novel is set.

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  • This winner of the National Book Award draws on Morrison, Faulkner, and Greek myths to play with the classic American road novel, weaving magical realism into the modern, rural South. Sentences rise together to form a penetrating story that lingers like fog on the Mississippi bayou.

    Scribd Editors

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  • (5/5)
    This book was very nicely acted; and, it has a very interesting powerful story.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely amazing. An excellent example of artful storytelling. The audio book version is wonderful with the different actors reading the three different characters whose world we see through their eyes. Beautifully done!
  • (5/5)
    I enjoyed this book there are definitely parts I want to go back and revisit
  • (4/5)
    I loved how he was very protected of his little sister.
  • (4/5)
    This is the first Jesmyn Ward book that I read and it certainly won't be the last. One of the things that made me adore this is Jesmyn's writing - so eloquent, heartbreaking, and imaginative.

    It follows the story of a family haunted by past mistakes, regrets in the present, and a hazy future. The flaws of the characters take center stage, told in three POVs. Each character struggles with forgiveness and redemption and Jesmyn does a very convincing job in weaving a tough-to-swallow commentary that puts a spotlight on drug addiction, teenage pregnancy, parental negligence, physical abuse, racism, racial inequality, racial profiling, white privilege, rape, sexual harassment, and death of a loved one.
  • (4/5)
    This book was both captivating and hard for me to read. The story was steeped in racism in the deep south. A depressed people living hard lives. There were no positives for these characters except for the love they had for each other. And in some cases even that was not enough. Probably because it was a depressing story I didn’t want to rate this book a 4. I cannot say “I liked it”. But it is so beautifully written it definitely deserves more than an OK (3).
  • (3/5)
    I'm supposed I didn't like this books much as I thought I would, it just didn't captive my interest. It was interesting but not interesting enough to follow along clearly when the writer jumps back and forth between the living characters and the words of the ghost speaking. I had to keep going back listening to clarify who was talking and if they were present or dead. I would give this book at 3.5
  • (5/5)
    A good, complex. A mix of history historical fiction, complex family dynamics, and voodoo sci-fi.
  • (5/5)

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    Very very good. Thank you. Say good bye he he

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  • (3/5)
    I liked “salvage the bones” better. It kept my interest though.