Author: Jesmyn Ward
Publication Date: 1st October 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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.
The National Book Award winning book Sing,Unburied,Sing by Jesmyn Ward has a beautiful cover. The cover page of the book is black in colour. The title of the book is written in capitals with white colour. The way the cover page is made is amazing. It really feels good to lay hands on it. The author's name is written on the cover page in Grey colour. Overall, the cover page is beautiful and attractive. It is designed by David Mann.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward is a book which will tear your heart. It is one of the most heart wrenching book that I've read. The major characters of the book are Jojo, Leonie, Pop, Micheal and Given. A beautifully penned down book in different point of views of Jojo, Leonie and Richie. The language of the book is simple and is like a fluid is flowing. A poignant story which made me cry, smile and scared because a lot of ghosts visit from the past. The book portrays different relationships in the family and I really admire the relationship of Jojo and Pop. It portrayed a totally different relation of a mother and a son which I can never imagine. The book consists of different emotions that a person goes through in different stages of life such as grief, loss, abuse and various others and the way the emotions are portrayed and penned down by the author is marvelous. The first few chapters are a bit slow but after that the story is so gripping that I wasn't able to keep it down. There are so many events which are so well described that makes the story so interesting and engaging. All the characters are well developed and I really liked the conversations that Jojo had with Richie. Overall, the book is heart wrenching, captivating and a book filled with suspense and is one of the best book I've read this year. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Sing-Unburied-Jesmyn-Ward/dp/1408891034
Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan. Shehas been a Wallace Stagner Fellow and a John and Renee Grisham writer in Residence and is currently an associate professor of Creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage The Bones, which won 2011 National Book Award and was the finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She is also the editor of the New York times bestselling anthology The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About The Race and author of the memoir Men We Reaped.
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* I received a copy of the book from Bloomsbury India in exchange of a review. Thank You.
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