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Apr 13, 2021BeauCoquelicot rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Reminiscent of ‘Beloved,’ but personally I thought this author did much better conveying these heavy themes through magical realism.
Mar 11, 2021
Jccc book group
Jan 18, 2021rclane rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Magic realism in the Deep South? Cool!
Jan 06, 2021amber135 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward tells a story from multiple points of view, Jojo’s, Leonie’s, and Richie’s. Jojo is Leonie’s son, and Richie is a ghost from Jojo’s grandfather’s past. Together, they tell the story of an African…
Oct 02, 2020
I should remember if I read this, but can't.
Sep 10, 2020alibraryguy rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
This National Book Award winner was undeserving of the prize. Set in Mississippi, it is the story of an unfit mother, her teenage son and infant daughter, and the car trip they take to pick up the children’s white father when he is…
Jun 23, 2020Hillsboro_JeanineM rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Clear your schedule so that you can read this book uninterrupted. It is a beautifully written with well-developed characters. It is a generational story with ghosts and folk remedies. You can feel the humidity. It brought to mind Nina…
Jun 10, 2020JoyERancatore rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Jesmyn Ward has a gift for presenting the horrors of our world in such a captivating, haunting manner, her reader cannot leave the final page the same person he or she was at its first. Sing, Unburied, Sing uncovers the realities of drug…
Dec 12, 2019posie12 rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
So depressing. Child abuse. child neglect, animal abuse, meth manufacturing, cocaine use. I couldn't finish it.
Sep 07, 2019multcolib_susannel rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Vibrant writing, complex characters and dark secrets tell this compelling story of three generations of an African-American family in Mississippi.
Aug 10, 2019
This book the National Book Award. I appreciated reading what might be called 'spoken dialect' of the characters. If only the slaughtering of the goat for food had been placed later in the book, after establishing the characters more…
Apr 12, 2019
The boy helps his granddad kill a goat, very bloody and graphic. Then the grandad carries the liver to the house to cook for his wife. Oh my goodness, almost made me gag. There are better books to read.
Feb 28, 2019WPLBookClub rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The Whistler Public Library & Armchair Books Community Book Club discussed Sing, Unburied, Sing as our Black History Month pick. We had a great chat about this book - opinions varied widely, but everyone had thoughts and questions to…
Dec 29, 2018
On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2017
Dec 24, 2018
Outstanding. A bit mysterious.
Nov 12, 2018dtbutler rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This book shook me from start to finish. Thankful for writers like Jesmyn Ward giving a voice to the voiceless.
Nov 04, 2018peacebenow rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Definitely one of the most moving, powerful books I've read this year. Ward is able to relate the lives, interactions, struggles of past and present of this Mississippi family in a woven fashion that illuminates their complexities bit by…
Oct 06, 2018Jenkskitten rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I was not too crazy over the way the book was written, the story line was good, the delivery not perfect. Strange title for the story.
Sep 25, 2018AnnabelleLee27 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A novel about a present day African-American family in rural Mississippi where the past is always an important influencing presence - in this case portrayed as ghosts who visit, warn, plead with, and follow the living. The characters are…
Jun 12, 2018sandyc_9 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Echoes of Beloved.
May 11, 2018mclarjh rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Distinct style. Three narrators, two of them children, all of them childish (and the same character) , spoiled the book for me. No real story.
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Apr 04, 2018
11-year-old Jojo is the main caretaker of his toddler sister Kayla. His white father has been in prison for three years, and now his struggling, drug addicted mother forces him to go with her to pick up Michael as he gets released. Jojo's…
Apr 02, 2018laphampeak rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Unbeatable liteary style. Author writes in the dialect and cadence of the characters and their disposition, which happens to be Southern black and struggling with poverty and survival in a mixed race relationship with father in prison, and…
Mar 23, 2018QnVz rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
An amazingly haunted tale. It was vivid and I found myself at the end like little Kayla asking, "Jojo?" Wonderful Southern Geechee-like tale!
Mar 17, 2018ArapahoeStaff26 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A moving story, beautifully written. One cannot ignore or discount the legacy of slavery and our history of terrible discrimination after reading this. Love, nurturing, and dysfunction within a multi-generational family give this book…