Sing, Unburied, Sing won all kinds of awards last year and I was super excited to see it hit my library reserve list. This novel is beautiful, brutal and simple. It tackles all kinds of challenging topics and does it with the simplest story line. A woman and her two children drive across the state to pick up their father who is getting out of jail. By and large the story takes place over the course of 48 hours, but it’s got some flashback and even a supernatural element splashed in (which I’m not usually here for, but it was really effectively done). It was an incredible story, worth all the accolades and one I’d definitely recommend.
My girlfriends and I have a "company holiday party" every year. We're all mostly stay at home moms who don't have fancy office parties to go to in December. On year, after all of our husbands' offices held "staff" only holiday parties we began the tradition of starting our own company party. This of course led to an annual review letter detailing our accomplishments as a company that year. I stretched my "corporate language" muscles again this year to write another annual review. It's mostly silly, a little inside jokey, and definitely tongue in cheek. But for four mamas in the trenches of keeping the kids alive and houses running smoothly, it's nice to feel some sense of accomplishment. I give you our 2017 Annual Review.
But, like many important decisions, this one took on a mind of its own and began to infiltrate all sorts of other areas of my life. Suddenly I found I was being pushed to put myself out there in all sorts of other scenarios that had nothing to do with writing. Suddenly rejection was no longer just a letter from editors at a website.
Small Great Things will stick with me for a while, I think. Told from three different perspectives, the story begins when a black labor and delivery nurse is told not to interact with the baby of two white supremacists (at their request). Understaffed, the baby goes into distress on her watch and ends up dying, at which point the nurse is charged with murder. The story is told through the perspectives of the nurse, her public defender and the father of the baby.