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Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward
Salvage the Bones
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Winner of the 2011 National Book Award A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn't show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are... show more
Winner of the 2011 National Book Award A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn't show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn't much to save. Lately, Esch can't keep down what food she gets; she's fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull's new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. Meanwhile, brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child's play and short on parenting.As the twelve days that make up the novel's framework yield to their dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family-motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce-pulls itself up to face another day. A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds, and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781608196265 (1608196267)
ASIN: 1608196267
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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A girl and her books
A girl and her books rated it
2.0 Salvage the bones by Jesmyn Ward
Ugh. What a disappointment. I read this book for my reading challenge thinking it was going to be good, considering it was a winner of the National Book Award but, thought the narrative was interesting enough to keep me reading, I hated the main protagonist from page one. She was childish, selfish...
Girl Interrupted Reading
Girl Interrupted Reading rated it
3.0
Salvage the Bones is about a family living in Mississippi in 2005 as Katrina is getting ready to hit. The focus is on Esch being pregnant, her brothers, dog fighting, her alcoholic that sometimes there father and the impending hurricane in the Gulf. The kids mother died giving birth to the youngest ...
allisoninouye
allisoninouye rated it
1.0 Salvage the Bones: A Novel
My main issue with this book is the almost glorification of dog fighting. I cannot comprehend where the honor she speaks of in her interview is in it. You are allowing an animal whom you share a bond with almost like family be injured even quite possible killed... for what? "Honor"Let's be clear. Th...
Read Write Read
Read Write Read rated it
5.0 Salvage the Bones: A Novel
The characters in this book lived for me. I was frightened for them, by them and felt incredible pain for them. Extraordinary passages that build and build like the coming hurricane. Stayed up way to late reading it to the end.
Julie's Books
Julie's Books rated it
5.0 Salvage the Bones: A Novel
This was not an easy story to read, but still a worthwhile read.The story is pretty raw and I had to skip over the chapter that described in too much detail (for me any way) the pitbull fight because it was just too painful for me to read.
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