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This thread is open to discuss Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.



Synopsis
An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds.

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, 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 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 brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America. It is a majestic new work from an extraordinary and singular author.


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      ~ Buddy Style Reads ~
    Three Ways to Enjoy a Book!
At NRBC we use three styles of buddy reads. These will be indicated in the thread title as “Buddy Read”, “Relaxed Buddy Read” or “Informal Buddy Read”.
A “Buddy Read” has a discussion leader and a reading date is set to start the book. A reading schedule is posted prior to the start date and discussion questions are posted each day regarding that section of the book. More information about these types of reads is below. An example is here, showing a reading schedule here.

A “Relaxed Buddy Read” is similar to our usual “buddy reads” except there are less questions and break points. For example, a book may be split into three sections and those reading the book should pause at the end of the section to answer some discussion questions, make comments, or ask their own questions to other readers. An example is here.

An “Informal Buddy Read” doesn’t have a discussion leader and participants are asked to consider some generic questions when making comments about the book. An example is here.

A “Read and Watch Buddy Read” may be set up as any of the above, but we will also watch the movie or T.V. series - or even go to a play! - and make comparisons, discussing what has been left out or changed as well as the actors and actresses. There is a long debate of what one should do first: read the books or watch the movie? We usually read first, but it isn’t essential. Also, if you would like to join in, but don’t want to watch the movie, show, or play, but only read the books, that is fine, too. An example is here.


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Stacie (thesebooksaremyfriends) | 4849 comments I'll be started this by Monday!


Snowtulip | 4553 comments This one just came in from the library today, so I plan to start this as I clean the house :)


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Snowtulip | 4553 comments Through Ch. 2 - so far I love the way this is written and the narrators are great. The sense of place is thick, and leaves me feeling off kilter, which is a part of the beauty of the writing .

Jojo-(view spoiler)

Leonie-(view spoiler)


Stacie (thesebooksaremyfriends) | 4849 comments Okay for real for real starting this evening.


Stacie (thesebooksaremyfriends) | 4849 comments I ended up finishing it which is why I suck at buddy reads. Anyway...

Overall I thought it was good. I had a bit of trouble with the writing itself. It seemed kind of off to me that Jojo would speak the way that he did but think in full complete sentences with big words I had to look up.

Probably best to avoid these spoilers until you have finished the book.

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Stacie (thesebooksaremyfriends) | 4849 comments Snowtulip wrote: "Through Ch. 2 - so far I love the way this is written and the narrators are great. The sense of place is thick, and leaves me feeling off kilter, which is a part of the beauty of the writing .

Joj..."


I also felt the same about both these characters. We'll talk more when you're done.


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Cat (cat_uk) | 7538 comments Mod
hello! just spotted this BR thread.... I've wanted to read Sing, Unburied Sing for a while, so this is a good prompt, though it'll be a couple of days I think, before I'm chatting - will you come back?


Stacie (thesebooksaremyfriends) | 4849 comments Of course I will.


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Laura | 9707 comments My copy was long over due; unfortunately I had to return before reading it.


Snowtulip | 4553 comments Laura wrote: "My copy was long over due; unfortunately I had to return before reading it."

Oh no, I hate when that happens!


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Laura | 9707 comments Snowtulip wrote: "Laura wrote: "My copy was long over due; unfortunately I had to return before reading it."

Oh no, I hate when that happens!"


Yup, me too! I have a small problem of over committing to too many buddy reads and not being able to keep up:-(


Snowtulip | 4553 comments Stacie wrote: "I ended up finishing it which is why I suck at buddy reads. Anyway...

Overall I thought it was good. I had a bit of trouble with the writing itself. It seemed kind of off to me that Jojo would spe..."


So agree with you on Leonie! Me and her just aren't going to be BFFs!


Snowtulip | 4553 comments Finished!

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Stacie (thesebooksaremyfriends) | 4849 comments Snowtulip

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Lauri (otwlauri) | 1362 comments Late to the party, as usual! I've been wanting to read this book for quite awhile now. Let me just say that I was hooked from the very beginning!

Jojo seems like such a good boy! He's already learned some of life's hard lessons at an early age. There seems to be a sense of magic already.... Can't wait to learn more!


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