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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
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Jan 18, 2012

really liked it

This book should be required reading for all high school English classes. Not only is it beautiful, Ward's writing should be studied for its craft, but the story it tells is one that everyone should hear. So often when we talk about disasters like Hurricane Katrina or 9/11, we focus so much on the event itself that it seems it's the only thing the people who experienced it ever lived. Salvage the Bones reminds the reader of the fallacy of this type of thinking. The characters in the book are dealing with so many things-- decisions, life changes, adolescence, loss, acceptance-- Katrina just seems like an afterthought. And of course, this is really how we experience disaster-- just one more thing. We have our own lives before, we live our own lives after. Disaster may bring us together, or widen an already growing chasm. Or it may just be another bump on the path.

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