Poetry. Every sentence of Jesmyn Ward’s novel has its own poetic license to it. Maybe that’s why I found myself unable to put down Sing, Unburied, Sing even though it is so realistic that it slowly breaks your heart over the course of its 200+ pages.
Sing, Unburied, Sing follows Jojo, a young boy who lives on a pallet beside his mother’s bed inside the house of his grandparents. His grandparents have essentially raised him but his grandmother is on her death bed from cancer and his grandfather is trying to keep everything from falling apart while still caring for Jojo and his baby sister. Jojo’s mother, Leonie, is heavily into drugs and his white father has been in prison for three years…
And then his father is released from jail so a road trip ensues. Leonie, against her father’s better judgement, decided that Jojo and his sister needed to make the trek to the prison along with her and her untrustworthy best friend. Along the way, Jojo has to take care of himself and his sister as learns that the world is not quite what is seems and he also brings an unexpected and unwelcome souvenir back from the prison.
I wish someone would have told me to read anything and everything written by Jesmyn Ward a long time ago. Her writing is beautiful in the best of ways. The strength of her words is awe-inspiring. The political and socioeconomic undertones she is so realistically able to portray need to be heard more often.
Jesmyn Ward needs to be hear more often! Seriously, I am buying all of her books, I can’t help it!
If you want to read Sing, Unburried, Sing just check out the link below!