Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Source: Library Book
Genres: Magical Realism, Contemporary, Fiction
Publication Date: 19th April 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“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.”
My Thoughts & Review
This was another one of those unplanned reads. I saw it at the library and remembered that I had seen the title floating around on social media, and people were saying that it was a really good read. I didn’t really know what it was about but I still picked it up and here we are with this quick review.
I have to admit this was a beautifully written books with a couple of characters that I really felt for. These were JoJo and his little sister Kayla. Both characters stole my heart and I wanted to just go and hug them and never let go of them. The rest of the character’s I had no interest in and couldn’t really care what happened to them.
As heart breaking as the story was, in places I found the storyline a bit depressing and uninteresting. I should have probably DFN-ed the book at this point but JoJo and Kayla are the reason I carried reading to the end.
I can’t say I loved this book but I do appreciate what it tries to portray. I honestly had a hard time with reading this one. This is not a book I would personally add to my shelves but I would still be happy to give more of this authors work ago in the future.
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