$26.00ISBN: 9781501126062Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Scribner Book Company - September 5th, 2017
Anyone who harbored a trace of doubt about Ward’s literary chops after reading the National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones can lay that doubt to rest. Ward’s third novel is a marvel and a wonder, possessed of a narrative line that keeps your heart in your throat for all 285 pages. We watch inhumanity play itself out in the person of Leonie, mother to Jojo—and, despite our revulsion, we somehow find things in her to love—or if not love at least understand. We fall headlong for Jojo himself, small, sturdy of heart, caregiver of his sister Kayla, and are instantly ensnared as they, along with a friend, drive toward the barbarous Mississippi prison Parchmont to pick up Leonie’s white husband, drive homeward with him and with Richie, the disembodied spirit of a boy Jojo’s age whose past is tangled with the past of the prison, the past of Jojo’s family. Sing Unburied, Sing is an important book the way The Sound and the Fury was—lyrical, truth-telling, often agonizing and as often alive with an awareness of the courage and grace in small children and in damaged adults alike. It’s not a book you’ll ever forget. Not ever.