Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011.
ISBN: 9781608195220
1608195228
9781608196265
Characteristics: 261 p. ;,22 cm.

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kookaburraofdoom
Jan 10, 2020

2011 National Book Award Winner

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Bklvr1981
Jan 03, 2020

Incredible book. Very eye-opening.

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Portladia
Nov 06, 2019

Pit bulls fighting and slobber kissing..... unwed teen pregnancy.......alcoholism......poverty.......abuse......death.......Spam and cracker diet......mosquitoes.......houses collapsing......front yard junk yard.......sex......profanity.....and to top it all off, redemption in the form of a horrific hurricane. Guess that’s what they liked in 2011—national book award. I think it will take me about 48 hours to forget this tale.

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posie12
Oct 06, 2019

Don't read this book if you get depressed easily. It seems every turn they make ends up in hopeless disaster. The dog fighting is horrible!

OPL_AnnaW Sep 05, 2019

I love most things Jesmyn Ward writes, and this is no exception. The family at the heart of this book lives in rural Mississippi, and the threat of Hurricane Katrina is looming. The experiences of Esch, the only female in the family, are described in beautiful, relatable ways. I devoured this book, and wanted to know what would become of these vivid characters in their post-hurricane lives.

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peacebenow
Dec 01, 2018

Jesmyn Ward is a stand out Author! Brilliant writing style, I felt like I was near this family and had to live through the hurricane to reach the end of the book. Her complex characters live in poverty. They range from brilliant, caring then at times animal like. Esch often used Greek mythology to relate to her, family, friends and her surrounding. This family could be labeled dysfunctional. Esch had no role models for growing up other than men and boys. In the end strong family/friend bonds shine through. Maybe it is enough....

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keithpoc
Aug 22, 2018

Ward's comment about her frustrations with white normative literature holding claim to the "classics" like Greek Mythology is so fascinating and accurate. Those timeless tales belong to humanity and are race-neutral just as Esch's fascination with Medea's is, as it courses through the book.
This book is similarly universal: it's simply about the bonds of family in the wake of their mother's death and in the face of the impending Hurricane Katrina.
This is an absolute must-read. Ms. Ward, what a treasure!

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suereadsblue
Aug 16, 2018

Such a wonderful writer - such a bleak book.

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miaone
Jul 02, 2018

A dreadful book. I couldn't stay with it long enough to get to the part about the hurricane. The pictures the author paints of the lives of the characters is so unrelentingly ugly, depressing, violent, and hopeless that I had to give it up after 20 or so pages. I can't imagine why anybody would read this book.

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abbi_g
Jun 10, 2018

I've been wanting to read another Jesmyn Ward novel after reading her latest book, Sing Unburied Sing; and Salvage The Bones seemed like the next best one. Although I didn't find this particular story to be as interesting as Sing Unburied Sing, I still enjoyed it. Jesmyn has a unique writing voice and I love how her novels focus on Black families living in rural Mississippi. She also weaves poetry into her stories, which some readers may or may not appreciate; but this is what helps set her novels apart from others. I'm looking forward to reading more of her novels.

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Dec 27, 2018

Where my brothers go, I follow.

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