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Salvage the Bones
Mar 31, 2018
This book won the National Book Award in 2011 and is practically universally praised. So I was really surprised with how much I struggled to finish it. This is a story about a black family in rural Mississippi prepping for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina. There’s no denying that Jesmyn Ward is a great writer and I have every intention of reading more of Ward's work. She describes scenes and people in vivid, almost excruciating detail. Ward spends a lot of time describing how the siblings are feeling through the twitches, contractions and expansions of their muscles just beneath the skin. And, I hated it. Most surprising of all is the fixation with China, the family’s prized fighting pit bull, who I guess is supposed represent motherhood or something? There was this general feeling of listlessness and malaise that I just couldn't connect with. The only thing I did notice was the WOOSHING sound of shit going right over my head.
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