Salvage the Bones: A Novel

Salvage the Bones: A Novel

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By (author) Jesmyn Ward

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1608195228
  • ISBN 13: 9781608195220
  • Sales rank: 108,856

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Winner of the 2011 National Book AwardA 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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Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won five Hopwood Awards for essays, drama, and fiction. She has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. Her debut novel, "Where the Line Bleeds," was an "Essence" Book Club selection, a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient, and a finalist for both the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

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2011 National Book Award Finalist "Masterful... "Salvage the Bones" has the aura of a classic about it." --"Washington Post""Ward's writing is startling in its graphic clarity... [This] author has an unusual gift."--" Boston Globe ""The novel's hugeness of heart and fierceness of family grip and hold on like Skeetah's pit bull."--"O: the Oprah Magazine""Searing... Despite the brutal world it depicts, "Salvage the Bones" is a beautiful read. Ward's redolent prose conjures the magic and menace of the southern landscape."-- "Dallas Morning News ""This book is impossibly beautiful."--OxfordAmerican.org "The novel's power comes from the dread of the approaching storm and a pair of violent climaxes. The first is a dog fight, an appalling spectacle given emotional depth by Skeetah's love for the pit bull China (their bond is the strongest and most affecting in the book). When the hurricane strikes, Ms. Ward endows it, too, with attributes maternal and savage: 'Katrina is the mother we will remember until the next mother with large merciless hands, committed to blood, comes.'"--"Wall Street Journal "" ""From its lyrical yet visceral first scene, this novel had me, and I hardly dared to put it down for fear a spell might be broken. But it never was or will be, such are the gifts of this writer." --Laura Kasischke, author of "In a Perfect World ""Jesmyn Ward has written... the first Katrina-drenched fiction I'd press upon readers now... Ward's pacing around the hurricane is exquisite--we nearly forget its impending savagery. The Batistes' shared sacrifice is moving, made more so by their occasional shirking of sacrifice. Ward allows the letdowns integral to family life to play their part."--" Plain Dealer" (Cleveland, OH) "A pitch-perfect account of struggle and community in the rural South... Though the characters in "Salvage the Bones" face down Hurricane Katrina, the story isn't really about the storm. It's about people facing challenges,