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Preview — Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Salvage the Bones
A 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 doesnt 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. H
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Jesmyn Ward just gives us words, but wo ...more
The most frustrating part about it is that sentence-by-sentence, Jesmyn Ward wrote a damn beautiful collection. These p ...more
Be prepared for content that may make you cringe, including graphic accounts of dog-fighting. It is essential to this ...more
This book seethes with brutality - implied, overt - and I turn each page with my heart in my throat, steeling myself for what is to come.
Kids, dogs subject to abuse, trauma, neglect.
Can't do it. It's beautifully written, even poetic in places, but I can't do it.
3/19/12 I feel like I want to write a love letter to this author. This book just earned a spot on my list of all-time favorites.
It is the story of fourteen year old Esch and her family who live in the Bois Sauvage in rural Mississippi. It takes place over the ten days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. Esch's mother is dead, her father is a dru ...more
There are many reasons this novel didn't work. For one, Ward fails in many key descriptions. While she can minutely detail the beauty of the woods, in other areas, s ...more
But one of the ...more
This book is about Hurricane Katrina.
Except it's not entirely about that. It's a big part of the story, and it refuses to be ignored, but it's no ...more
The novel begins ...more
Salvage the Bones follows the Batiste family through 12 days in August of 2005 as they prepare to ride out what starts as a tropical depression, but ends up turning into Hurricane Katrina. As the impoverished family attempts to scrape together enough scrap wood to board the house and a stockpile of food and water to last them a few days, they are also forced to come to terms with their past, present and future. The past is a m ...more
I wanted to like it. It had all of the right ingredients for a powerful novel. Characters were conflicted with themselves, each other, and nature. There was room for characters to develop and change throughout the story. The backdrop was one of the worst disasters Am ...more
It's not that the author is not a good writer, but ...more
Because Jesmyn Ward's Katrina novel won the National Book Award and is a contender in the Tournament of Books, it has been widely reviewed, mostly favorably. So I won't go into plot or spend any of our valuable time rehashing what others have already said.
My reading experience of Salvage the Bones was mixed. I certainly got involved with the story and the characters. She put me into their world and made me care what would happen to them as she also personalized the Katrina experience. But someth ...more
I wanted to like this book more, but found it very difficult to read. I was conflicted through most of the book. I had to keep reminding myself it was written from the perspective of children. There is some tou ...more
Her work has appeared in BOMB, A Public Space and The Oxford American.