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A slamming, heartbreaker of a novel that is rendered with stinging beauty and restrained emotion. Jojo, a young black Mississippi boy raised by his grandparents, is forced to become a man far before he should because his mother is a drug addict, his father is in jail, and his baby sister needs a guardian. When Jojo’s dad is released from prison, his mother packs Jojo and his sister  in the car, picks up her meth addled friend and drives north. What transpires is a nightmarish journey that weaves in and out of the present – his mother’s meth induced highs, when she dreams of her dead brother who was killed by white hands decades ago, and the past — when a man named Ritchie served time alongside Jojo’s grandfathe

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