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Author: Jesmyn Ward Narrator: Kelvin Harrison, Kelvin Harrison, Rutina Wesley, Kelvin Harrison, Chris Chalk Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Series:The Bois Sauvage Series Release Date: September 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508236139

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A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, is a “tour de force” (O, The Oprah Magazine) and a timeless work of fiction that is destined to become a classic.

Jesmyn Ward’s historic second National Book Award–winner is “perfectly poised for the moment” (The New York Times), an intimate portrait of three generations of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. “Ward’s writing throbs with life, grief, and love… this book is the kind that makes you ache to return to it” (Buzzfeed).

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 and unforgettable family story and “an odyssey through rural Mississippi’s past and present” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

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  • “There is a truth and grittiness here that narrators Kelvin Harrison, Rutina Wesley, and Chris Chalk enhance significantly with their powerful talents…This excellent novel makes for exceptional listening. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • "[A] tour de force…Ward is an attentive and precise writer who dazzles with natural and supernatural observations and lyrical details…with rare clarity and power.”

    - O, the Oprah Magazine
  • “The book’s Southern gothic aura recalls the dense, head-spinning prose of William Faulkner or Flannery O’Connor. But the voice is entirely Ward’s own, a voluptuous magical realism that takes root in the darkest corners of human behavior…Grade: A.”

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “Combines aspects of the American road novel and the ghost story with a timely treatment of the long aftershocks of a hurricane and the opioid epidemic devouring rural America.”

    - New York Times
  • “Always clear-eyed, Ward knows history is a nightmare. But she insists all the same that we might yet awaken and sing.”

    - Chicago Tribune
  • “Ward unearths layers of history in gorgeous textured language, ending with an unearthly chord.”

    - BBC
  • “Electric…a harrowing panorama of the rural South.”

    - Los Angeles Review of Books


  • Winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction
  • Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Finalist for the Kirkus Prize
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2017
  • A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book of 2017

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    " Not sure I could have read it the traditional way. Better by audio, but the female reader bothered me greatly. The two male readers were great. The story was odd, but Intriguing and sad. "

    - Deb T, 10/27/2020

About the Author

Jesmyn Ward is the winner of two National Book Awards for Fiction for Sing, Unburied, Sing and Salvage the Bones. Her memoir Men We Reaped was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and the Media for a Just Society Award. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University.