Jesmyn Ward

1 Sing, Unburied, Sing

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Paranormal  African American 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2017-09-05
Description :  <b>*WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD for FICTION </b><br /> <b>*A <i>TIME</i> MAGAZINE BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR and A <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>TOP 10 OF 2017</b><br /> <b>*Finalist for the Kirkus Prize<br /> *Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal<br /> <i>*Publishers Weekly</i> Top 10 of 2017</b><br /> <b>*Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award </b><br /><br />“The heart of Jesmyn Ward’s <i>Sing, Unburied, Sing</i> is story—the yearning for a narrative to help us understand ourselves, the pain of the gaps we’ll never fill, the truths that are failed by words and must be translated through ritual and song...Ward’s writing throbs with life, grief, and love, and this book is the kind that makes you ache to return to it.” —<i>Buzzfeed</i><br /><br />In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award–winning <i>Salvage the Bones</i>, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, <i>Sing, Unburied, Sing</i> journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.<br /><br /> Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.<br /><br /> His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister’s lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is Black and her children’s father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.<br /><br /> 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 thirteen-year-old 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.<br /><br /> Rich with Ward’s distinctive, lyrical language, <i>Sing, Unburied, Sing </i>is a majestic new work and an unforgettable family story.

2 Salvage the Bones

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  African American 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2011-08-30
Description :  <b>Winner of the 2011 National Book Award<br /><br /></b>A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn't show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn't much to save. Lately, Esch can't keep down what food she gets; she's fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull's new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. While brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child's play and short on parenting. As the twelve days that comprise the novel's framework yield to the final day and Hurricane Katrina, the unforgettable family at the novel's heart--motherless children sacrificing for each other as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce--pulls itself up to struggle for another day. A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.

3 Men We Reaped

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2013-09-17
Description :  <b>In this stirring and clear-eyed memoir, the 2011 National Book Award winner contends with the deaths of five young men dear to her, and the still great risk of being a black man in the rural South.</b><br /><i></i><br /><i>"We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.†? -Harriet Tubman<br /><br /></i>In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life-to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth-and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own. <br /><br />Jesmyn grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. She writes powerfully about the pressures this brings, on the men who can do no right and the women who stand in for family in a society where the men are often absent. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity. A brutal world rendered beautifully, Jesmyn Ward's memoir will sit comfortably alongside Edwidge Danticat's <i>Brother, I'm Dying</i>, Tobias Wolff's <i>This Boy's Life</i>, and Maya Angelou's<i> I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.</i>

4 Where the Line Bleeds

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  African American 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2018-01-16
Description :  The first novel from National Book Award winner and author of <i>Sing, Unburied, Sing </i>Jesmyn Ward, a timeless Southern fable of brotherly love and familial conflict—“a lyrical yet clear-eyed portrait of a rural South and an African-American reality that are rarely depicted” (<i>The</i> <i>Boston Globe</i>).<br /><br /><i>Where the Line Bleeds </i>is Jesmyn Ward’s gorgeous first novel and the first of three novels set in Bois Sauvage—followed by <i>Salvage the Bones</i> and <i>Sing, Unburied, Sing</i>—comprising a loose trilogy about small town sourthern family life. Described as “starkly beautiful” (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review), “fearless” (<i>Essence</i>), and “emotionally honest” (<i>The Dallas Morning News</i>), it was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award.<br /><br /> Joshua and Christophe are twins, raised by a blind grandmother and a large extended family in rural Bois Sauvage, on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. They’ve just finished high school and need to find jobs, but after Katrina, it’s not easy. Joshua gets work on the docks, but Christophe’s not so lucky and starts to sell drugs. Christophe’s downward spiral is accelerated first by crack, then by the reappearance of the twins’ parents: Cille, who left for a better job, and Sandman, a dangerous addict. Sandman taunts Christophe, eventually provoking a shocking confrontation that will ultimately damn or save both twins.<br /><br /> <i>Where the Line Bleeds </i>takes place over the course of a single, life-changing summer. It is a delicate and closely observed portrait of fraternal love and strife, of the relentless grind of poverty, of the toll of addiction on a family, and of the bonds that can sustain or torment us. Bois Sauvage, based on Ward’s own hometown, is a character in its own right, as stiflingly hot and as rich with history as it is bereft of opportunity. Ward’s “lushly descriptive prose…and her prodigious talent and fearless portrayal of a world too often overlooked” (<i>Essence</i>) make this novel an essential addition to her incredible body of work.

5 The Fire This Time

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction  History 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2016-08-02
Description :  A surprise <i>New York Times </i>bestseller, these groundbreaking essays and poems about race—collected by National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward and written by the most important voices of her generation—are “thoughtful, searing, and at times, hopeful. <i>The Fire This Time </i>is vivid proof that words are important, because of their power to both cleanse and to clarify” (<i>USA TODAY</i>).<br /><br />In this bestselling, widely lauded collection, Jesmyn Ward gathers our most original thinkers and writers to speak on contemporary racism and race, including Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Young, Claudia Rankine, and Honoree Jeffers. “An absolutely indispensable anthology” (<i>Booklist</i>, starred review), <i>The Fire This Time</i> shines a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestles with our current predicament, and imagines a better future.<br /><br /> Envisioned as a response to <i>The Fire Next Time</i>, James Baldwin’s groundbreaking 1963 essay collection, these contemporary writers reflect on the past, present, and future of race in America. We’ve made significant progress in the fifty-odd years since Baldwin’s essays were published, but America is a long and painful distance away from a “post-racial society”—a truth we must confront if we are to continue to work towards change. Baldwin’s “fire next time” is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about; <i>The Fire This Time</i> “seeks to place the shock of our own times into historical context and, most importantly, to move these times forward” (<i>Vogue</i>).

6 Where the Line Bleeds

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2008-11-01
Description :  Joshua and Christophe are twins, raised by a blind grandmother and a large extended family in a rural town on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. They’ve just finished high school and need to find jobs, but in a failing post-Katrina economy, it’s not easy. Joshua gets work on the docks, but Christophe’s not so lucky. Desperate to alleviate the family’s poverty, he starts to sell drugs. He can hide it from his grandmother but not his twin, and the two grow increasingly estranged. Christophe’s downward spiral is accelerated first by crack, then by the reappearance of the twins’ parents: Cille, who abandoned them, and Sandman, a creepy, predatory addict. Sandman taunts Christophe, eventually provoking a shocking confrontation that will ultimately damn or save both twins. Ward inhabits these characters, and this world — black Creole, poor, and drug-riddled, yet shored by family and community— to a rare degree, without a trace of irony or distance.

7 Quedan los huesos

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-11-13
Description :  Es temporada de huracanes en el golfo de México. Una gran tormenta se aproxima peligrosamente al pueblo costero de Bois Sauvage, Misisipi. Esch y sus tres hermanos malviven en una casa a la que llaman el Hoyo, en el bosque entre coches abandonados y gallinas, y tienen otras preocupaciones que prepararse para la llegada del primer huracán. Skeetah lucha por conseguir, con pequeños hurtos, que los cachorros de su premiada pitbull, China, sobrevivan para venderlos y llevar dinero a casa. Randall no para de entrenar para su próximo partido de baloncesto, si lo hace bien conseguirá una beca deportiva. Junior, el más pequeño, tan solo quiere que alguien le preste atención. Esch, de quince años y a cargo de la casa desde que su madre murió en el parto de Junior, acaba de descubrir que está embarazada. ¿A quién contárselo? El único adulto del hogar, su padre, se ha refugiado en la bebida. A medida que los doce días en los que transcurre la novela van avanzando en una dramática cuenta atrás hacia su conclusión fatal, que no es otra que la llegada del huracán Katrina, esta familia de niños sin madre saca fuerzas de donde no las hay para afrontar un día más. «La trepidante aventura de una familia que lucha por escapar de la crecida de las aguas. Las páginas pasan con una intensidad sobrecogedora; El relato de Jesmyn Ward es como un sueño: agitado, vívido, profundo como el mar.» The Times

8 Bois sauvage

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2012-08-30
Description :  À Bois Sauvage, dans l’État du Mississippi, dix jours avant l’arrivée de l’ouragan Katrina, une famille tente de se mettre à l’abri. Vue à travers les yeux d’une adolescente de quatorze ans qui vient de découvrir qu’elle est enceinte, une chronique familiale à la fois violente et émouvante, portée par une écriture ciselée, couronnée par le National Book Award en 2011.<br /><br />À Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, en 2005. <br /><br /> Depuis que sa mère est morte en couches, Esch, quatorze ans, s’occupe des hommes de sa famille : son père Claude, ses deux aînés, Randall et Skeetah, et Junior, le petit dernier. Esch a du mal à trouver sa place : elle couche avec les copains de ses frères pour leur faire plaisir mais c’est de Manny qu’elle est amoureuse. Et dont elle est enceinte. <br />À qui le dire ? Skeetah n’a d’yeux que pour China, son pitbull adoré qui vient d’avoir une portée de chiots ; Randall s’entraîne pour le match de basket qui pourrait lui valoir une bourse sportive et Junior traîne dans ses pattes, en quête d’un peu d’attention. Quant à leur père, il tombe régulièrement dans la bière pour oublier qu’il est seul. Alors Esch se réfugie dans son livre favori, sur la mythologie grecque, et fait des rêves où sa mère prend les traits de Médée. <br /><br /> Les journaux annoncent l’arrivée imminente d’une tempête. Habituée à la saison des ouragans, la famille fait ce qu’elle fait toujours : consolider la maison, rassembler de la nourriture, quitte à aller en chaparder aux alentours. Mais cette tempête n’est pas comme les autres, elle se nomme Katrina, elle est la mère de tous les ouragans. Et sa violence est sans limites…

9 Rädda varje spillra

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2013-02-27
Description :  Vinnare av National Book Award 2011<br /><br />Fjortonåriga Esch Batiste är en iakttagare. I den kvävande hettan vid Mississippis kust ser hon sin alkoholiserade pappa försöka rusta familjens ruckel. Hon ser Randall, sin äldste bror, envist träna basket i hopp om att få ett stipendium så att han kan fly från Bois Sauvage; hon ser Skeetah, sin yngre bror, stjäla mat till sin älskade kamphund, som nyligen blivit mamma till en första kull valpar; hon ser Junior, minstingen, på jakt efter ömhet och uppmärksamhet; hon ser deras mor, som dog i barnsäng men som trots allt vakar över dem. Slutligen ser hon sin egen kropp förändras, en hemlighet som hon inte kan avslöja för någon.<br /><br />Om tio dagar kommer orkanen Katrina att nå deras hem. En våldsam storm som inte liknar någon annan. Hon är alla orkaners moder. Och likt Medea, vars historia Esch läser om och om igen, har hon kommit för att förgöra.<br /><br />På en lyriskt kraftfull prosa skildrar <i>Rädda varje spillra</i> en familj som okuvlig håller samman när katastrofen drabbar den. En oförglömlig roman som på många sätt liknar den uppmärksammade filmen Beasts of the Southern Wild. Den utspelar sig i samma trakter och är lika vacker,&#xa0;brutal och gripande.<br /><br />Översättare: Moa-Lisa Björk

10 Ligne de fracture

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2014-05-07
Description :  <b>À Bois Germaine, dans l'État de Louisiane, deux frères jumeaux entrent dans l'âge adulte : l'un trouve du travail, l'autre pas. L'un s'élèvera, l'autre chutera... Premier roman de Jesmyn Ward, une œuvre violente, tragique mais aussi pleine de chaleur et d'espoir.</b> <br />Violente et tragique, mais aussi pleine de chaleur et d'espoir, une œuvre engagée et puissante profondément imprégnée de la littérature du Sud, le premier roman de Jesmyn Ward où pointaient déjà la rage et l'émotion qui allaient faire de <i>Bois Sauvage </i>un triomphe, récompensé par le National Book Award. <br /><br /> Depuis qu'ils ont fêté leurs dix-huit ans en décrochant leur diplôme, les jumeaux Joshua et Christophe n'ont plus qu'une idée en tête : trouver du travail. Mais que faire quand on habite un trou paumé de Louisiane, qu'on est noir, pauvre, fils d'une mère absente et d'un père junkie et dealer ? <br /> Alors, en attendant, les deux frères tuent le temps avec les copains, entre matchs de basket et virées en voiture, séances de fumette et pelotage des filles sur les banquettes arrière. Et s'occupent comme ils le peuvent de Ma-Mee, leur grand-mère adorée. <br /><br /> Et puis Joshua trouve un boulot chez les dockers. <br /> Christophe, lui, ne voit toujours rien venir. Et la frustration monte. De passer ses journées à glander, de ne pas avoir de copine régulière, d'être le moins dégourdi des deux, de ne pas pouvoir payer sa part des médicaments de Ma-Mee. <br /><br /> Que faire ? Tenter d'échapper à son destin ? Ou tomber dans le piège de l'argent facile et répéter l'histoire familiale...

11 De dödas sång

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $23.99
Release Date :  2018-03-01
Description :  En av USA:s klarast lysande litterära stjärnor<br /><br />Jojo är tretton år och växer upp i en trasig familj i ett fattigt Mississippi. Mamman Leonie orkar inte med ansvaret för Jojo och hans lillasyster utan flyr in i knarkets dimmor. Pappan är vit och hans familj har aldrig accepterat vare sig den afroamerikanska Leonie eller barnen, så sedan han hamnade i fängelse har de bott på morföräldrarnas lilla bondgård. Men när barnens pappa ska släppas fri väcks hoppet om en bättre framtid till liv. Leonie tar med barnen på en dramatisk bilresa som är nära att sluta i katastrof.<br /><br />Det blir en sorts litterär roadmovie där Jesmyn Ward har inspirerats av såväl William Faulkner och Toni Morrison som Odysséen och Gamla testamentet. På ett intensivt, poetiskt språk skildrar hon en del av dagens USA som präglas av rasism, hopplöshet och såren från historiens orättvisor. Men framför allt är det en oförglömlig och drabbande berättelse om en familj som kämpar för sin överlevnad och binds samman av en kärlek som är starkare än allt annat.<br /><br />Översättare: Joakim Sundström,<br /><br />Omslagsformgivare: Sara R. Acedo

12 Syng, levende og døde, syng

Author : Jesmyn Ward
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Release Date :  2018-05-09
Description :  Jojo og hans lillesøster Kayla bor hos deres bedsteforældre Mam og Pop ved kysten i Mississippi. De ser til tider deres mor Leonie, som kæmper med sit stofmisbrug. Leonie trøstes og hjemsøges på én gang af forestillinger om sin døde bror, som kun kommer til hende, når hun er påvirket, og hun forsvinder gang på gang ind i rusen, væk fra sine børn. Mam er syg af kræft, og Pop forsøger stille at styre husholdningen og vise Jojo, hvordan man er en mand. Da børnenes hvide far bliver løsladt fra fængslet, pakker Leonie sine børn og en ven sammen og sætter af sted i bil på tværs af staten på en både farefuld og løfterig færd.<br /><br /> <i>Syng, levende og døde, syng </i>tager livtag med de uskønne sandheder, der hjemsøger den amerikanske drøm i det 21 århundrede. Ward iscenesætter en klassisk roadmovie i Sydstaterne med sit udsøgte sprog, der bringer mindelser om Toni Morrisson og William Faulkner. Et intimt portræt af en familie og en episk fortælling om håb og modgang, på én gang klassisk og indtrængende aktuel.



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