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Sing, Unburied, Sing (Hardcover)
Jesmyn Ward is my literary crush. When she spoke about Sing, Unburied, Sing at the store earlier this year (before it won the National Book Award--her second!) Ward was luminous, vulnerable, graceful, and captivating. Her book is all of those things too... with the irresistable addition of family drama, a sense of place, and lyrical prose. This book is the literary equivalent of a sunburn... The warmth feels good, but it gets into your skin, and it hurts you. But damn if it isn't worth it for some time in the sun.— Julie B.C.
September 2017 Indie Next List
“Sing, Unburied, Sing is a dark and gorgeous song of love and heartbreak, haunting and tragic and disorienting in its timelessness. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill anchors Ward's tale to Mississippi today, which is almost indistinguishable from its notorious yesterday, a present and past (ironically) made more alive in the novel by ghosts and where everyone suffers from the cancers of buried sins. On Jojo's 13th birthday, while Mam is dying and Pop struggles to keep everyone safe, Leonie plans a road trip to the prison to pick up Michael, Jojo and baby Kayla's father. It's The Odyssey meets the Delta blues meets William Faulkner and Toni Morrison and some ineffable something that is Jesmyn Ward's own magic.”
— Sara Hinckley (E), Hudson Booksellers, Marietta, GA