Jesmyn Ward's SING, UNBURIED, SING

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It's been a long time since I've read a novel this raw and finely written, this timely and historically rich, this thrilling and literary. In 2017’s National Book Award-winning SING, UNBURIED, SING, Jesmyn Ward turns the human hell of southern poverty and racial conflict into a haunting, literary epic. Jojo, a thirteen year old mixed-race boy, his three year old mixed-race sister Kayla, and their young black mother Leonie take a harrowing road trip to Parchman Farm, the Mississippi prison, to pick up Michael, the kids' redneck dad, who's just been released. Their American odyssey is tormented by the ghosts of the past and the realities of the present, making us wonder if these characters — if the nation itself — will ever come home.