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
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
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.
"Salvage the Bones" seemed at first to be in the same vein as Beans of Egypt, Maine, Bastard Out of Carolina, or The Book of Ruth. *Except*... other than the urgency that is found in those books (and is also present in "Salvage...") the overall effect is quite different. Instead of violence and desperation, Jesamyn Ward gives us sweetness, beauty, and anticipation. Her writing is gorgeous (as one of the characters is racin...more
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
The novel begins...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
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
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
In Ward's own words, "this is the s...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
It's not that the author is not a good writer, but...more
Salvage the Bones begins with the Batiste family preparing for hurricane Katrina while facing the day to day obstacles of their lives. In spite of all of the sadness this book also left me with a feeling of hope in the power of the human spirit and the awesome power of family.
I thought the author did a good job with the character development.... considering the entire span of the book just covered the 12 days before Katrina hit. They were real enough to me that I felt so many different emotions as I read about their day to day lives. There are parts that are brutal and it was almost painful to read at times - but yet I was so sucked into it..... I couldn...more
Her work has appeared in BOMB, A Public Space and The Oxford American.