Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones

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By (author) Jesmyn Ward

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  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 405 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 218mm x 25mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 6 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Waterville, ME
  • ISBN 10: 1410447111
  • ISBN 13: 9781410447111
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition

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Finalist for the 2011 National Book AwardA "Washington Post" Notable Fiction Book for 2011A 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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"[A] poetic second novel.... [main character] Esch traces in the minutiae of every moment of every scene of her life the thin lines between passion and violence, love and hate, life and death...her voice...[gives] its cast of small lives a huge resonance."--"Publishers Weekly" ""Salvage the Bones" is a novel that will make readers wince at times and tear up at others. Ward gives voice to the forgotten families of the Gulf Coast through lyrical imagery and the type of uncensored authenticity that can only be delivered through the eyes of a child... it is a true testament to the realities of rural poverty. Once the storm hits, you'll find yourself tearing through the book and finishing it with a better sense of Katrina's impact."-- "Bust" "This second novel delivers on and expands the promise of "Where the Line Bleeds"; Jesmyn Ward has claimed her place both as a contemporary witness of life in the rural south and as a descendant of its great originals. This memorable clan deals with the