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Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward

Sad, brutal, tragic, poetic, demanding. Told in separate chapters by members of a black and mixed race Mississippi family; some of whom are ghosts (the 'Unburied' of the title). Whilst it can be read as a history of Southern black suppression, it is much, much more. The relationship of Jojo and his little sister Kayla brings some light relief. Seldom in literature have I encountered such realistic children. A worthy prizewinner and a must read

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I should sooth Kayla, should tell her to run back to Misty to get down and let me go, but I can't speak. The bird crawling up into my throat, wings spasming. What if he shoot her? I think. What if he shoot both of us?... Kayla's brown arms and that gun, black as rot, as pregnant with dread.

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Mississippi Burning - the film
 

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