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Song Yet Sung From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Lord Bird, winner of theNational Book Award for Fiction In the days before the Civil War, a runaway slave named Liz Spocott breaks free from her captors and escapes into the labyrinthine swamps of Maryland s eastern shore, setting loose a drama of violence and hope among slave catchers, plantation owners, watermen, runaway slaves, and free blacks Liz is near death, wracked by disturbing visions of the future, and armed with the Code, a fiercely guarded cryptic means of communication for slaves on the run Liz s flight and her dreams of tomorrow will thrust all those near her toward a mysterious, redemptive fate Filled with rich, true details much of the story is drawn from historical events and told in McBride s signature lyrical style, Song Yet Sung is a story of tragic triumph, violent decisions, and unexpected kindness

About the Author: James McBride

James McBride is a native New Yorker and a graduate of New York City public schools He studied composition at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received his Masters in Journalism from Columbia University in New York at age 22 He holds several honorary doctorates and is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University He is married with three children He lives in Pennsylvania and New York James McBride is a former staff writer for The Washington Post, People Magazine, and The Boston Globe His work has also appeared in Essence, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times His April, 2007 National Geographic story entitled Hip Hop Planet is considered a respected treatise on African American music and culture.As a musician, he has written songs music and lyrics for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr., and Gary Burton, among others He served as a tenor saxophone sideman for jazz legend Little Jimmy Scott He is the recipient of several awards for his work as a composer in musical theater including the Stephen Sondheim Award and the Richard Rodgers Foundation Horizon Award His Riffin and Pontificatin Tour, a nationwide tour of high schools and colleges promoting reading through jazz, was captured in a 2003 Comcast documentary He has been featured on national radio and television programs in America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand from his official website

10 thoughts on “Song Yet Sung

  1. tamia tamia says:

    I ll be honest, after Barack Obama won the election on 11 4 08 the LAST thing I wanted to do was read a book about the antebellum South But alas, Song Yet Sung was the next reading in my African American women s bookclub However I am so incredibly happy I read this book The story is nothing short of capt

  2. Michael Michael says:

    I was very satisfied with the emotional and mental ride of this tale about a runaway woman slave in eastern Maryland It features a nice ensemble of interesting characters with intersecting agendas and dreams, and it highlights the strange social circumstances in a slave state bordering non slave states and

  3. Book Concierge Book Concierge says:

    5 and a McBride is best known for his memoirThe Color of WaterHere he turns his talents to an historical novel based on the true story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad that brought so many slaves to freedom in the North Liz Spocott, a house slave and mistress to her master, is struck on the hea

  4. April Cote April Cote says:

    The beginning of the story was promising A chase begins and you start to hope people escape The chase goes on, and on, and on.and I hate to say it but I was bored The ending was anticlimactic for me I really had to push myself to finish this one.

  5. Afia Afia says:

    I was absorbed in this book from start to finish The storyline is superb and the characters are complex It weaves gender, race, class, and geography to create a very real and moving portrait of what is must have been like to live during this time in eastern Maryland McBride does an excellent job in the gray area

  6. Naomi Shank Naomi Shank says:

    I listened to this audio CD while commuting to and from work and I was captivated at every sitting The richness of the characters with their strengths, flaws, pride and foibles, the brutality and terror that was predominant during that period, the mysterious, spiritual and clairvoyant aspects of the slaves inner w

  7. Johnny D Johnny D says:

    Mr McBride, I assume that you regularly check out to see what the readership is saying about your work I m sure every criticism lobbed against your books stings you to your very core.No doubt as you are trying to drift off to sleep you do so only after darkly pondering, what did Barbara from Dallas mea

  8. Karin Karin says:

    This is a powerful novel that arrived at my library the week before the tragedy of last weekend This book was a 4.5 star book for me, but it would have been just as powerful even without this past weekend I am not giving you a blurb or a summary, but suffice it to say it involves slaves who have run away, people who a

  9. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    Set on the east coast of Maryland, in the mid 1800s, Song Yet Sung s main character is Liz Spocott a runaway slave, running away from the attentions of her sexually abusive master When we first meet her, she s been shot, and ends up chained in an attic of a tavern belonging to Miss Patty Cannon, a notorious slave steale

  10. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    Liz Spocott is a runaway slave in 1850 Maryland She is shot in the head and captured by slave traders, when she manages to escape, setting free the other captures slaves at the same time In McBride s novel, we are brought into the heart of slavery, and see it in total truth We see that blacks could be loyal to their maste

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