Jojo and his baby sister Kayla are being raised by their grandparents in the backwoods of Mississippi, because their mother, Leonie, is an unreliable drug addict, and their white father, Michael, is in jail. When Michael is to be released, Leonie packs up the children and heads to Parchman to pick him up, along with her meth-addled friend.
This is a nightmarish journey, where Jojo is accompanied by the ghost of a young boy imprisoned with his grandfather years ago, and Leonie is haunted by the ghost of her brother. Heartbreaking, evocative, beautifully written. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, 2017