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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment