Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones

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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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 405 pages
  • 147.32 x 218.44 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Wheeler Publishing
  • Waterville, ME, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • large type edition
  • 1410447111
  • 9781410447111

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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." "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 moshow more

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