Sing, Unburied, Sing is told primarily from the perspectives of Jojo, a 13-year-old boy, and his mother Leonie. Leonie's parents have raised Jojo and his younger sister more as their own children than as grandchildren while Leonie struggles with her demons. Jojo's story shows us a boy learning how to be a man, caring for his sister, dealing with the looming death of his grandmother and still navigating his relationship with his mother. I both loved and hated this book. It is beautifully written, insightful and a more truthful portrayal of a dysfunctional family than I have read before. But at the same time it is a harsh view of the world, sometimes hopeless, and often fraught with tensions that are likely never to be fully eased. I recommend you read this book with a box of tissues and loads of patience.
Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.