Jesmyn Ward | Sing, Unburied, Sing | Paperback Tour

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A finalist for the Kirkus Prize and Andrew Carnegie Medal, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family

on a journey through rural Mississippi, is a “tour de force” (O, the Oprah Magazine) and a timeless work of fiction that is destined to become a classic.

Jesmyn Ward’s historic second National Book Award–winner is “perfectly poised for the moment” (The New York Times), an intimate portrait of three generations of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. “Ward’s writing throbs with life, grief, and love… this book is the kind that makes you ache to return to it” (Buzzfeed).

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 absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead 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 is Black and her children’s father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.

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 of 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.

Rich with Ward’s distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic and unforgettable family story and “an odyssey through rural Mississippi’s past and present” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

▼ Show More Information

453 Freedom Parkway, 30307
Atlanta
10 May , Thursday 19:00

More Events Nearby

 25 May , Friday
 Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta
 10 June , Sunday
 Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta
 08 June , Friday
 Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta
 27 May , Sunday
 The Fox Theatre, Atlanta
 18 June , Monday
 Coca-Cola Roxy, Atlanta
 26 May , Saturday
 Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta
 19 June , Tuesday
 Coca-Cola Roxy, Atlanta
 02 June , Saturday
 Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta
 25 May , Friday
 Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta
 26 May , Saturday
 Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
 16 June , Saturday
 Wolf Creek Amphitheater, Atlanta
 02 June , Saturday
 Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
 01 June , Friday
 Atlanta, GA, United States, Atlanta
 26 May , Saturday
 Wolf Creek Amphitheater, Atlanta
 08 June , Friday
 Tabernacle Atlanta, Atlanta
 17 June , Sunday
 Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, Decatur
 27 May , Sunday
 Wolf Creek Amphitheater, Atlanta
 02 June , Saturday
 Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta
 01 June , Friday
 The Masquerade, Atlanta
 29 May , Tuesday
 Eagle Eye Book Shop, Decatur
 16 June , Saturday
 The Fox Theatre, Atlanta
 21 June , Thursday
 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta
 16 June , Saturday
 The Fox Theatre, Atlanta
 10 June , Sunday
 The Fox Theatre, Atlanta
 09 June , Saturday
 Coca-Cola Roxy, Atlanta
 02 June , Saturday
 Piedmont Park ATL, Atlanta
 02 June , Saturday
 Lilburn City Park, Lilburn
 09 June , Saturday
 Tabernacle Atlanta, Atlanta
 26 May , Saturday
 TBA, Atlanta
 26 May , Saturday
 Wolf Creek Amphitheater, Atlanta
 10 June , Sunday
 Atlanta, GA, United States, Atlanta
 26 May , Saturday
 Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta
 09 June , Saturday
 Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta
 02 June , Saturday
 Murphy Park Fairgrounds Event Venue, Atlanta
 09 June , Saturday
 The Fox Theatre, Atlanta
 20 June , Wednesday
 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta