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The Resource Sing, unburied, sing, by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, unburied, sing, by Jesmyn Ward

Label
Sing, unburied, sing
Title
Sing, unburied, sing
Statement of responsibility
by Jesmyn Ward
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Ward (Salvage the Bones) tells the story of three generations of a struggling Mississippi family in this astonishing novel. "We don't walk no straight lines. It's all happening at once. All of it. We all here at once." This is the explanation 13-year-old Jojo is provided by his grandmother, the family matriarch, on her deathbed. "I'll be on the other side of the door," she reassures him, "With everybody else that's gone before." Jojo and his little sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, while Leonie, their mother, drifts in and out of their lives, causing chaos. Snorting coke one night, Leonie explains, "A clean burning shot through my bones, and then I forgot. The shoes I didn't buy, the melted cake ..." Leonie wants to be a better mother, and when Jojo's and Kayla's father is released from prison, Leonie takes the kids with her, hoping for a loving reunion, but what she gets instead is a harrowing drive across a muggy landscape haunted by hatred. Throughout the novel, though, are beautifully crafted moments of tenderness. When the dead, including Leonie's murdered brother, make their appearances and their demands, no one in the family is surprised. But their stories are deeply affecting, in no small part because of Ward's brilliant writing and compassionate eye. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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
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Storyline
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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
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10576381
Cataloging source
DLC
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Ward, Jesmyn
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3623.A7323
LC item number
S56 2017b
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
  • 840
  • 840
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Wheeler Publishing large print hardcover
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  • African American families
  • Large type books
  • Mississippi
Target audience
adult
Label
Sing, unburied, sing, by Jesmyn Ward
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
367 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432846527
Lccn
2017041005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1002692592
  • (OCoLC)on1002692592
Label
Sing, unburied, sing, by Jesmyn Ward
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
367 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432846527
Lccn
2017041005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1002692592
  • (OCoLC)on1002692592

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