Jesmyn Ward’s uncompromising and lyrical new novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, is unmissable. In the contemporary deep South of the United States, Jojo is thirteen, and trying to understand how to become a man in this world. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself all those around her: she is black, her children’s father is white. The family is at constant risk of dissolution, embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of their circumstances. When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her bags and children into the car and drives north into the heart of Mississippi, repurposing America’s modern classic road novel into a rural 21st Century.