Sing, Unburied, Sing
A NovelUnknown - 2017
"Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn't lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his grandfather Big Joseph, who won't acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his uncle, Given, who died as a teenager. His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister's lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her... She wants to be a better mother but can't put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use... When the children's father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the state penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He, too, has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love."--From publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Branch Call Number: Ward, J
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 23 cm
From Library Staff
Fiction: Thirteen-year-old Jojo and his young sister struggle to survive their childhood in rural Mississippi. On a road trip, he encounters the ghost of a thirteen-year-old prison inmate.
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