Jesmyn Ward Salvages Memories Of The Silenced

Writing Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward Salvages Stories Of The SilencedEnlarge this image toggle caption Emily Kask for NPR Emily Kask for NPRFor writer Jesmyn Ward, Mississippi is a place she loves and hates all at once.
” Now, with Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward has turned back to fiction.
Parchman prisoners were treated like slaves: “They were worked and worked and worked and worked, and they were starved, and they were beaten.
When Jesmyn Ward thinks about the future, she worries about what it might hold for her two young children, Noemie and 10-month-old Brando.
We pass her grandmother’s house, where Jesmyn and 12 members of her extended family lived together for a time, crowded into four bedrooms.

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