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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 13 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 story into rural 21st century America. It is a majestic new work from an extraordinary and singular author.

©2017 Jesmyn Ward (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Zowe
  • 02-02-18

Great read.

Intensifying Captivating and poetic. so much depth and feeling. It allows you to see every scene.

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  • Claire
  • 03-21-18

Well told story, wrapped in history

Where does Sing, Unburied, Sing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best audiobook I have listened to, great performance and gripping story.

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I really enjoyed this book. So well written, with strong complex characters. The supernatural element helps to blend the horrific facts of history into the story. I'm so glad it was told from the perspective of a few characters, I don't think I would have enjoyed the book as much or liked some of the harder characters such as Leonie if it was all from JoJo's point of view.
There were points were I wanted to put this book down because the impending sense of grief was overwhelming, but I simply couldn't. The story is so gripping you have to keep reading.