Sing, unburied, sing : a novel
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Contributors:
Harrison, Kelvin, Jr., narrator.
Wesley, Rutina, narrator.
Chalk, Chris narrator.
Published:
[New York, N.Y.] : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2017].
Format:
CD audio book
Edition:
Unabridged.
Physical Desc:
7 audio discs (008:00:00) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Bellevue - Adult Audiobook
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Description
*WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD for FICTION *A TIME MAGAZINE BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 OF 2017 *Finalist for the Kirkus Prize *Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal *Publishers Weekly Top 10 of 2017

"The heart of Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing is story--the yearning for a narrative to help us understand ourselves, the pain of the gaps we'll never fill, the truths that are failed by words and must be translated through ritual and song...Ward's writing throbs with life, grief, and love, and this book is the kind that makes you ache to return to it." -- Buzzfeed

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 twenty-first-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.

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn't lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won't acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.

His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister's lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is Black and her children's father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can't put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.

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 thirteen-year-old 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 is a majestic new work and an unforgettable family story.

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Language:
English
ISBN:
9781508237549, 1508237549
UPC:
9781508237549
Reading Level:
UG
Level 5.4, 12 Points
Lexile measure:
840

Notes

General Note
Title from web page.
General Note
Compact discs.
Participants/Performers
Read by Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Rutina Wesley, Chris Chalk.
Description
Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Ward, J., Harrison, K., Wesley, R., & Chalk, C. (2017). Sing, unburied, sing: a novel. Unabridged. [New York, N.Y.]: Simon & Schuster Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Jesmyn, Ward et al.. 2017. Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel. [New York, N.Y.]: Simon & Schuster Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Jesmyn, Ward et al., Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel. [New York, N.Y.]: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2017.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Ward, Jesmyn,, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Rutina Wesley, and Chris Chalk. Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel. Unabridged. [New York, N.Y.]: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2017.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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