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Sing, Unburied, Sing (Paperback)

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Summer CollectionLONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2017  'A must' Margaret Atwood 'Staggering' Marlon James 'A searing, urgent read' Celeste Ng '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. It is a majestic new work from an extraordinary and singular author.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 19/04/2018 ISBN-13: 9781408890967  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently a professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award, and Sing, Unburied, Sing, which won the 2017 National Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time and the author of the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. From 2008-2010, Ward had a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She was the John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the 2010-2011 academic year. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Letters selected Ward for the Strauss Living Award. She lives in Mississippi.

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At once a gripping road trip and an unsettling ghost story, almost unbearable in its evocation of the effects of racism and poverty in one family, and in particular Jojo, the boy at its beautifully accomplished heart. Lyrical, moving, stunning, make this the next book you read, and then buy five more, because like me, you will want to spread the word about this wonderful writer.

Heather, Campaign Manager

 

'The ghosts in the novel haven’t found peace. I’m not sure they can until a lot changes about the way Black Americans are treated.​' Read our Q&A with Jesmyn Ward on her Author Page.

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 06/04/2018

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