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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
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Feb 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mcl, cbc
Read from February 02 to 04, 2012

If this book wasn't so well written, I couldn't have stayed with it. The main characters are three teenagers living in the Louisiana bayous, doing their best to raise themselves and their younger brother. Their mother died giving birth to the youngest and their father is an alcoholic who can barely take care of himself. They subsist on ramen, potted meat, and eggs from their chickens, their teeth are rotting from lack of dental care. The 14-year-old narrator has just discovered she's pregnant by a friend of her brother's who's using her for sex. And that's not even getting into the dog-fighting subplot! All this happens in the week leading up to Hurricane Katrina. Besides the writing, I was impressed by the devotion these siblings showed for each other and the fun they made in the woods surrounding their decaying home. A tough read but a rewarding one.

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