Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward

Staff Pick

In Sing, Unburied, Sing (Simon & Schuster, $26) Jesmyn Ward takes magical realism and uses it as a device through which readers can hear the marginalized voices of the Mississippi Gulf coast. Our main character is thirteen-year-old Jojo, who is taken on a road trip with his drug-addicted mother, Leonie, when his father is released from prison. Both Jojo and Leonie become haunted by ghosts, Leonie by her brother’s, and Jojo by the spirt of a young boy, as the two travel across the South. Ward tells this story with beautiful prose and brings light into the darkness of the American past. We are shown how important it is to understand our personal histories and how they continue to affect our futures. Each character here is endearing in his or her own way. This book is compelling because of the way it merges the past with the present. While each character is flawed, Ward humanizes all of them and shows how compassion is necessary when learning about the lives of people we often shun or overlook. This is a great book for anyone who loves to read William Faulkner or Toni Morrison.

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126062
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - September 5th, 2017

Membership Benefits


 Gift cards can be used online or in-store.

Gift Card