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Jesmyn Ward, Masha Gessen among National Book Award winners

Jesmyn Ward has won the National Book Award for fiction for her novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing.” Told from multiple perspectives in a fierce, unadorned style, the book centers on a family’s road trip in hardscrabble Mississippi. In her review of the novel in The Chronicle, Alexis Burling wrote, “It’s Ward’s clear sense of time, place, and the rich mysteries stuffed in-between that brings this soulful, truth-telling novel together. … Ward’s descriptions of the ‘feathery dark heart’ of the region’s bayous, the oppressive heat and its dense woods marred by a violent and tragic history ring out like poetry dangling from the ghost-ridden branches of its trees.

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