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  • Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel | Jesmyn Ward

    Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated By Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
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    In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural 21st-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

    Margaret says: "Lyric & sensual writing, devastating story"
  • Salvage the Bones: A Novel | Jesmyn Ward

    Salvage the Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated By Cherise Boothe
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    Best-selling author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for this poignant and poetic novel. Unfolding over 12 days, the story follows a poor family living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With Hurricane Katrina bearing down on them, the Batistes struggle to maintain their community and familial bonds amid the storm and the stark poverty surrounding them.

    Gillian says: "Beautiful With No Holds Barred"
  • Men We Reaped: A Memoir | Jesmyn Ward

    Men We Reaped: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated By Cherise Boothe
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    In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life - to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth - and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships.

    chasidyCormier says: "Felt so close to home "
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race | Jesmyn Ward

    The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated By Cherise Boothe, Michael Early, Kevin R. Free, and others
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    National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping-off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time.

    Karen Johnston says: "strong voices, witness to our times"
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward

    Sing, Unburied, Sing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated By Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
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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.

  • Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward

    Salvage the Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated By Cherise Boothe
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    A hurricane is building, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. He's a hard drinker, and it isn't often he worries about the family. As the 12 days that make up the novel's framework yield to a dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family - a clan of motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce - pulls itself up to face another day.

  • Where the Line Bleeds | Jesmyn Ward

    Where the Line Bleeds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor
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    A stunning debut novel from Jesmyn Ward, Where the Line Bleeds is a rich tale of twins raised by their grandmother in a stiflingly poor rural community on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Upon graduating from high school, growing tensions between brothers Joshua and Christophe test their loyalties—and a violent altercation forever changes their lives.

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