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Sing, Unburied, Sing
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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 has received the MacArthur 'Genius' Grant, a Stegner Fellowship, a John and Renee Grisham Writers Residency and the Strauss Living Prize. She is the first female author to win two National Book Awards for Fiction, for Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) - which was also shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction (2018) - and Salvage the Bones (2011). She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time, the author of the memoir Men We Reaped and the author of the novel Where the Line Bleeds. She is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University and lives in Mississippi. @jesmimi

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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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