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Sing, unburied, sing : a novel / Jesmyn Ward.

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  • 8 of 11 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Butler PL - Butler AUD CD WAR (Text) 73174005029945 Audiobooks on CD: Fiction Available -
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library BOCD FIC WAR (Text) 33187004261588 BOCD (Adult) Available -
Greenwood PL - Greenwood AUDIOBOOK Ward (Text) 36626103872701 2nd Floor Adult Media Available -
Lebanon PL - Lebanon CD F WAR (Text) 34330513174665 Adult - New Audiobooks Available -
Newburgh Chandler PL - Bell Road Library AUD CD WARD (7 cds) (Text) 39206021340912 Audiobooks Available -
North Madison Co PL - Elwood PL FIC WAR (Text) 30419101517702 Audio Disc Available -
Royal Center-Boone Twp PL - Royal Center ACD WAR (Text) 75091000008016 ACD - Books on CD Available -
Tyson Library - Versailles AVC F WAR (Text) 31070500465550 Adult Audio Checked out 10/04/2018
Union Co PL - Liberty CDB War (Text) 34194001170589 CDB In transit -
West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette CD FIC WAR (Text) 31951004254105 Main Floor - New AV Checked out 10/04/2018
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  • ISBN: 9781508237549
  • ISBN: 1508237549
  • Physical Description: 7 audio discs (approximately 8 hours) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2017]

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Subtitle from container.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Rutina Wesley, Chris Chalk.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Subject: African American children > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Drug addicts > Fiction.
Children of prisoners > Fiction.
Grandparent and child > Fiction.
African American families > Mississippi > Fiction.
Rural poor > Mississippi > Fiction.
Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)
Audiobooks.
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  • Simon and Schuster
    *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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