Jojo is thirteen and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is 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.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 boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. Rich with Ward's distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work that brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America.