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Sing, Unburied, SingSing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Norma’s rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date read:  August 22 – 23, 2017

4.5 stars!

SING, UNBURIED, SING by JESMYN WARD is a haunting, sad, heartfelt, and an absolutely exceptional novel that had me totally engaged, entertained, and interested throughout this entire book. Although, this book was so infuriating to read at times because of its heavy subject matter it was also so well-written with such beautiful prose that this book was extremely hard for me to put down.

JESMYN WARD delivers a beautifully written multi-layered story here with absolutely wonderful character development and an extremely enthralling storyline. I really enjoyed the spiritualistic mythology aspect within the storyline.

To sum it all up it was an interesting, deep, unforgettable, emotional, and an enjoyable read with a very touching, heart-wrenching, and satisfying ending that was so lyrical that it sang to me. Would highly recommend!

Publication date: September 5, 2017

Thank you so much to my fellow Traveling Sisters for another awesome reading experience!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada / Scribner and Jesmyn Ward for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


Brenda’s Thoughts

3 Stars

Sing, Unburied, Sing was a Traveling Sister Group read and we had some mixed feelings on this one and it brought out a lot of different emotions from us.  We had some interesting group discussions with this one.  Some of us really connected to the story on a very emotional level and some of us could not connect at all to the story.  For me, I struggled with connecting with the story.  


Jesmyn Ward takes on some sad and ugly truths here and the writing is beautifully well written, however, I exhausted myself searching for a deeper meaning and trying to figure out some insight from the voices of the dead. What insight and emotion I did find was lost in the magical, supernatural and ghost part of the story and that just didn’t work for me.

Even though Sing, Unburied, Sing didn’t really work for me I did appreciate the strong well-written story that took us on a journey through Mississippi’s past and present giving us a look into the sadness, poverty and life of a Mississippi family

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada / Scribner and Jesmyn Ward for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy to read and review.


Lindsay’s Thoughts

2.5 stars.

This book simply wasn’t a good fit for me. Magical realism and fantasy are not themes that I connect with or generally enjoy reading. I hadn’t realized those aspects were such a large part of this story and I found them confusing and highly distracting. I think this came down to me not being the “target market” for this book.
There were some unforgettable characters within this tragic and unsettling story. Pre-teenaged Jojo stole my heart as he took on the parental role to his toddler sister, Kayla. He accepted and stepped into the care-takers role for his baby sister with both feet – he was wise beyond his years and my hero throughout this sad and heart-breaking story. Jojo’s grandfather, Pop, was also a stand out character for me. He took on a parental and mentor role to Jojo as Jojo’s drug-addicted mother had no way of controlling her selfish tendencies in order to care for her children.

I found the storyline uninteresting and depressing. As heart-breaking as the story was, I felt no emotional investment or attachment whatsoever. In the end, reading this book felt like “work” to me rather than pleasure.

It was a wonderful experience to read this along with my lovely Traveling Sisters Norma, Brenda, JanB and Susanne!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Scribner and Jesmyn Ward for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!



2 thoughts on “Traveling Sister NetGalley Reviews by Norma, Brenda and Lindsay: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  1. janb37 says:

    Great book, great review! I loved reading this with you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Jan! We really loved reading this with you too! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

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