Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

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Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 23 cm
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501126062
Call Number: FICTION WARD

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Jojo and his little sister live with their grandparents on a farm on the coast of Mississippi. Leonie is Jojo's mother and makes occasional appearances and is tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother that she experiences when she's high. Jojo's grandfather is trying to teach him to ... Read More »

From the publisher, "Ward paints an intimate portrait of three generations of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle."

Jojo and his young sister live in Mississippi with their grandparents, and at times with their mother Leonie, who struggles with addiction. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman... Read More »

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her whe... Read More »

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JeffcoBooks Nov 26, 2018

Jojo lives with his grandparents. His mother is an addict and his father is in jail. When his father is about to be released, his mother shows up, takes Jojo and his sister and heads for the Mississippi State Penitentiary. The journey is dangerous, unhinged and hopeful.


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BeauCoquelicot
Apr 13, 2021

Reminiscent of ‘Beloved,’ but personally I thought this author did much better conveying these heavy themes through magical realism.

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maggielo
Mar 11, 2021

Jccc book group

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rclane
Jan 18, 2021

Magic realism in the Deep South? Cool!

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amberhen
Jan 06, 2021

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward tells a story from multiple points of view, Jojo’s, Leonie’s, and Richie’s. Jojo is Leonie’s son, and Richie is a ghost from Jojo’s grandfather’s past. Together, they tell the story of an African American family living in poverty in the 1930s. This novel brings out the heart and fierceness of its main protagonists, and works as a criticism of US history. I truly enjoyed this coming of age, historical fiction book. It is filled with complex narratives and magical elements, and I highly recommend it to any reader.

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Laurliz
Oct 02, 2020

I should remember if I read this, but can't.

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alibraryguy
Sep 10, 2020

This National Book Award winner was undeserving of the prize. Set in Mississippi, it is the story of an unfit mother, her teenage son and infant daughter, and the car trip they take to pick up the children’s white father when he is released from prison. There was a lot of throwing up in this novel, with Kayla, the infant, getting carsick. And then the concoction made up of roadside plants that Leonie gives her daughter only makes her sicker, resulting in more throwing up. And to top it all off, there are ghosts in the story that only Leonie and her son, Jojo, can see and talk with. Purportedly, an exposition on racism and the legacy of slavery, this novel was shackled by bad writing and a fuzzy narrative . . . and a lot of throwing up.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Jun 23, 2020

Clear your schedule so that you can read this book uninterrupted. It is a beautifully written with well-developed characters. It is a generational story with ghosts and folk remedies. You can feel the humidity. It brought to mind Nina Simone singing "Mississippi goddamn" and a road trip I took through the South many years ago.

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JoyERancatore
Jun 10, 2020

Jesmyn Ward has a gift for presenting the horrors of our world in such a captivating, haunting manner, her reader cannot leave the final page the same person he or she was at its first.

Sing, Unburied, Sing uncovers the realities of drug use's effects on users, their families and their communities as well as the far-reaching effects of racism and injustice on society.

I love the way Jesmyn wove the three first-person narrators through the book. I found myself empathizing and sympathizing with all three. As with her other books, this is a hard, hard story to witness, but it is one we all need to read and understand and commit to change.

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posie12
Dec 12, 2019

So depressing. Child abuse. child neglect, animal abuse, meth manufacturing, cocaine use. I couldn't finish it.

multcolib_susannel Sep 07, 2019

Vibrant writing, complex characters and dark secrets tell this compelling story of three generations of an African-American family in Mississippi.

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Mar 17, 2018

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abbi_g
Dec 27, 2018

He wasn't nothing but a boy, Jojo. They kill animals better than that.

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