May 2019 Book Club Discussion Questions: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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Who’s ready for our next Pingel Sisters book club discussion? Find out the Sing, Unburied, Sing discussion questions for the month and when all the fun begins!

Welcome to our Pingel Sisters book club discussion!

Hopefully, you are enjoying reading our May book club pick. I finished it earlier this month and am so glad we picked it. Don’t worry, it’s okay if you didn’t love it as much as I did.

Discussion on our May book club pick won’t open for a few weeks, but we wanted to give you a heads up on the discussion questions we will be covering. Hope to hear back from you soon!

And the beauty of an online book club is that it doesn’t matter if you are free when discussion begins. Come back anytime that week to add your input to our book club discussion questions. Also, no need to dress up, or even get dressed, to join the conversation. Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing.

Excited to hear everyone’s thoughts!

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May 2019 Book Club Pick

Book cover for Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward

Thirteen year-old Jojo is trying to figure out life as a half-white half-black teen in Mississippi. When his family learns his father is being released from prison, his mom Leonie, a struggling drug addict, packs up Jojo and his little sister for a drive up to the state penitentiary where Jojo encounters the ghost of a boy who was killed as an inmate. Combining a dysfunctional family character study with a haunting ghost story, Sing, Unburied, Sing has won rave review from critics. Read more →

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Discussion Rules

Here’s how it work. You read the book, we pick the questions, and then we have a fun conversation!

First, let’s lay down some ground rule for our book club.

  1. You are not required to like the book.
  2. Keep it civil. Don’t attack other people’s opinions. We want discussion, not a shouting match.
  3. No profanity. Let’s keep it clean and family friendly.
  4. Engage with the other comments. We want to build a community of readers.
  5. Have fun!

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Sing, Unburied, Sing Discussion Questions

Question 1: Rating

Did you like Sing, Unburied, Sing? Why or why not? Please be specific about what made you like it or dislike it?

Question 2: Writing Style

The story flips back and forth between Jojo, Leonie and Richie. Why do you think these particular characters were chosen as narrators? How do you think the novel would have changed if Jesmyn Ward had used different characters?

Question 3: Plot

Why do you think Leonie felt so compelled to take her children with her on the road trip? Were you surprised the grandpa didn’t put up more resistance knowing all of Leonie’s problems?

Question 4: Themes

The book opens with Jojo talking about looking death in the face. One of the major themes of Sing, Unburied, Sing is confronting death, and Ward uses ghosts to convey this message. How did you feel about Ward’s use of the supernatural. Did you think that the ghosts added to her work or could she have achieved a similar message without them?

Question 5: Author

Would you read another book by Jesmyn Ward? What’s a book in a similar vein that you would recommend to people who enjoyed Sing, Unburied, Sing?

Question 6: Research Question

Do you want to know the discussion questions in advance or would it be better for us to wait and post them when discussion is open?

Excited to hear everyone’s thoughts!

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Rachael May 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    1. Did you like Sing, Unburied, Sing? Why or why not? Please be specific about what made you like it or dislike it?

    • Reply Kelly E. June 5, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      I was looking forward to this book being the May Bookclub selection, but ended up barely getting to the halfway point before deciding to DNF it for the time being. Maybe I’ll get back to it, maybe I won’t, but for right now it just wasn’t doing it. Even getting to the halfway point was a struggle for me. I think maybe the use of ghosts and the unnatural is what turned me off. I also couldn’t get used to the writing style.

  • Reply Rachael May 22, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    2. The story flips back and forth between Jojo, Leonie and Richie. Why do you think these particular characters were chosen as narrators? How do you think the novel would have changed if Jesmyn Ward had used different characters?

  • Reply Rachael May 22, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    3. Why do you think Leonie felt so compelled to take her children with her on the road trip? Were you surprised the grandpa didn’t put up more resistance knowing all of Leonie’s problems?

  • Reply Rachael May 22, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    4. The book opens with Jojo talking about looking death in the face. One of the major themes of Sing, Unburied, Sing is confronting death, and Ward uses ghosts to convey this message. How did you feel about Ward’s use of the supernatural. Did you think that the ghosts added to her work or could she have achieved a similar message without them?

  • Reply Rachael May 22, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    5. Would you read another book by Jesmyn Ward? What’s a book in a similar vein that you would recommend to people who enjoyed Sing, Unburied, Sing?

  • Reply Rachael May 22, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    6. Do you want to know the discussion questions in advance or would it be better for us to wait and post them when discussion is open?

    • Reply Kelly E. June 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      I like having the discussion questions in advance so that I can prepare them when I finish the book and not leave too much time in between where I start to forget things I liked/disliked, etc.

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