The Resource Sing, unburied, sing : a novel, Jesmyn Ward

Sing, unburied, sing : a novel, Jesmyn Ward

Label
Sing, unburied, sing : a novel
Title
Sing, unburied, sing
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Jesmyn Ward
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. 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. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi's past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers. 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. Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward's distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature"--
Summary
A story of how the past affects the present, and of deeply entrenched racism, Sing Unburied Sing describes the life of a biracial boy, his addicted, grieving black mother, and his incarcerated white father. A road trip to Dad's prison kick-starts the novel, which offers deeply affecting characters, a strong sense of place (rural Mississippi), and a touch of magical realism in appearances by the dead. -- Description by Shauna Griffin
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2018.
  • Indies' Choice Book Awards, Adult Fiction, 2018.
  • Librarians' Choice (Australia), 2017
  • National Book Award for Fiction, 2017.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2017
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10576381
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ward, Jesmyn
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
840
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American families
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • African American families
  • Mississippi
Target audience
adult
Label
Sing, unburied, sing : a novel, Jesmyn Ward
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1001340693
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9781501126062
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017039315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1001340693
Label
Sing, unburied, sing : a novel, Jesmyn Ward
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1001340693
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9781501126062
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017039315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1001340693

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