Salvage the Bones

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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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  • Paperback | 271 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 204.12g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1608196267
  • 9781608196265
  • 114,316

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2011 National Book Award WinnerNPR Bestseller IndieBound National Indie Bestseller "San Francisco Chronicle" Best Books of 2011"Kansas City Star" Top 100 Books of the Year"Atlanta Journal-Constitution" Best of the South 2011"Shelf Awareness," Reviewer's Choice, Top 10 of, Hottest Fall Novels, Books to Watch and Book of the Week"Huffington Post," The Best Upcoming, Fall Blockbuster Fiction"""The first great novel about Katrina." --Kate Tuttle, " Boston Globe""[A] searing, understated, and big-hearted novel." --"Salon"""Salvage the Bones" is an intense book, with powerful, direct prose that dips into poetic metaphor . . . We are immersed in Esch's world, a world in which birth and death nestle close, where there is little safety except that which the siblings create for each other. That close-knit familial relationship is vivid and compelling, drawn with complexities and detail." --Carolyn Kellogg, "Los Angeles Times""I've just read ["Salvage the Bones"] and it'll be a long time before its magic wears off...Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretention, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy . . . A palpable sense of desire and sorrow animates every page here . . . "Salvage the Bones" has the aura of a classic about it." --Ron Charles, "Washington Post""A timeless tale of a family that regains its humanity in the face of incalculable loss." --Gina Webb, "Atlanta Journal-Constitution""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." --Nicholas Delbanco, author of "Sherbrookes" and "Lastingness: The Art of Old Age""The narrator's voice sparks with beauty as it urges the reader through this moving story set in the shadow of Katrina." --Zoe Triska, "Huffington Post""

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About Jesmyn Ward

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. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford, from 2008-2010, she has been named the 2010-11 Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Her debut novel, "Where the Line Bleeds," was an "Essence" Magazine Book Club selection, a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient, and a finalist for both the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

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