2018-2019-Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

“MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation, proving her “fearless and toughly lyrical” voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. In 2017, she became the first woman and the first person of color to win two National Book Awards. She is also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

With Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward gives us a road novel through Mississippi’s past and present that explores the bonds of a family tested by racism and poverty. Margaret Atwood called it a “wrenching new novel…[that] digs deep into the not-buried heart of the American nightmare….” Sing was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2017 by The New York Times and Time. The Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly also called Sing one of the year’s best books.

Jesymyn Ward’s webpage



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Reviews, Interviews and Appearances

In ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a Haunted Road Trip to PrisonNew York Times Book Review, Sept. 27, 2017

Jesmyn Ward’s Haunted Novel of the Gulf CoastThe New Yorker, Sept. 11, 2017

Ghost Whisperers, New York Review of Books, Mar. 8, 2018

Jesmyn Ward answers your questions about ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ PBS NewsHour, Jan 31, 2018