This title is a Joan's Pick. We're thrilled that Sing, Unburied Sing has been awarded the 2017 US National Book Award for Fiction.
Jojo is 13 and lives with his grandparents on a farm in Mississippi, along with his toddler sister of whom he is fiercely protective. Their mother Leonie is addled by drugs and floats in and out of their lives as and when she can; and their father is imprisoned in the Parchman penitentiary.
When he's done his time, Leonie takes the kids on a road trip to collect him (which of course goes terribly wrong) - accompanied by a ghostly narrative which suffuses this story about the strengths and weaknesses of families; personal responsibility, guilt and grief and loss and love. And, of course, being Mississippi, everything is underpinned by racism.
But not so bleak. It's brilliantly written, and like the title, this book sings. Joan.
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 29/09/2017
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Country of Origin: United Kingdom
- Pages: 304
- Weight: 332g