Song Yet Sung - James McBride

Song Yet Sung

By James McBride

  • Release Date: 2008-02-05
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
Score: 4
From 67 Ratings


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction, Deacon King KongFive-Carat Soul, and Kill 'Em and Leave, a James Brown biography.

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.


  • Excellent Book

    By Gabdee0115
  • Transcending!

    By AGreenWill
    This was my first introduction to this author and I am so glad to have read this book. The characters are strong, wise, warm, and loving. I still carry them with me months after reading this book. I can not wait to start my next James McBride selection!