ELLE (UK) - - Elle Play - BY JESMYN WARD

Ward’s un­for­get­table novel made her the first woman to win the Na­tional

Book Award for fic­tion twice, and it’s no won­der.

She sheds light on the darker side of Amer­i­can life in a com­pas­sion­ate, in­sight­ful and ex­tremely

read­able way; her char­ac­ters stay with you months af­ter en­coun­ter­ing them. The story fol­lows Jojo, the 13-year-old son of a white man and a black mother, the trou­bled Leonie. Ward rein­vents the road novel, tak­ing her char­ac­ters on a lit­eral and metaphor­i­cal

es­cape through Mis­sis­sippi as Jojo’s fa­ther is re­leased from prison. A tran­scen­dent, nec­es­sary novel about race, love and his­tory.

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