Sing, Unburied, Sing. Jesmyn Ward

4 stars for this astounding novel.

It is the story of Jojo, a 13 year old boy in Mississippi who lives with his young sister Kayla, his granparents Pop and Mam and, more absent than present, his meth-addicted mother Leonie. The book grapples with death, cancer, drug addiction and racism past and present. Wide-ranging important themes, yet the book is also much much more than all this.

There is room in the novel for many voices to speak, both dead and undead. There are layers of understanding and seeing experienced by different characters that cast a mystical shadow over the bleak realities of Sing, Unburied, Sing. It is an unsettling read, both harsh and beautiful, and it is written with truth and clarity. I will seek out more novels by Jesmyn Ward.

I received this ebook free from Net Galley and Bloomsbury. UK publication date: 2 November 2017.


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